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I. The Believer's 

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II. The Believer's 

III. The Believer's 

IV. The Believer's 

V. The Believer's 
S o l i l o qju Y. 

VI. The Belie ver's 


Creation and Redemption^ 

Law and Gospel, 

Justification and Sancttficatiom, 

Faith ai*d Sense, 

Heaven and Earth. 

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T O T H E 



^~^ H E R E having been fever al Impreffions of 
this Book at Edinburgh, and fome of them with- 
cut my Knowledge, and very in cor reel ; 1 was the 
more eafly induced to yield, to the earn eft Defire 
cf fitch as urged me, to allow its being reprinted at Lon- 
don. Yet being unwilling it fjou/d be publijh'd there, 
under all the Difadvantagcs_ofjL-J&meh Scotifh Rhime, 
which I never expefted was to fpread fo far, and make 
fuch a public k Appearance in the World ; therefore as 
I reckoned my f elf very much obliged to the Gentleman, 
who inclined to be the Publilher, that he did not ad- 
venture to reprint any cf the former Copits, without 
acquainting me of his Dejlgn, and defiring to know, if 
I had any Corrections or Amendments to make upon it : 
fc if it now come abroad, [as I hope it does) to more 
Advantage than formerly, it is much owing to his 
Kindnefs and Civility in craving my Confent, and giv- 
ing me an Opportunity (which I have taken for fome 
Months) of putting it into fuch order, as any ftare 
Hour, amidjl my other weighty Work, would 'allow. 

1 do 7iot intend) by any Corrections I have made 

upon this Book, to act the part of the lofty Poet, nor 

A 2 to 


to affecl what is caWd the Sublime ; / know fuch is 
the Deficiency of my poetical Genius, tho' it had been 
cultivated by Art and Application, which I never had 
Time far \ that I never thought myfelf capable of any 
Production of this fort, fitted for pieafmg the critical 
Palate of a learned Age, or gratifying thofe of a polite - 
Education. And therefore thefe Lines were never 
framed with that Defign, but meerly for the Benefit of 
vulgar Capacities, and of the common fort of People, 
that make up the Generality of Chrijlian Congregations ; 
hoping they might tend, either to the In/iruclisn of the 
Ignorant and Illiterate, to whom the Gofpd is much 
hid > cr to the Edification of the Serious and Exercifed, 
to whom the Gofpel, even in its mofl fimple Drefs, is 
a joyful Sound. 

Yet judging it pojjible alfo, thfe Lines may contri- 
lute to reelify fome Miftakes about the Gofpel, that may 
take place, even among thofe that are fuperior to o- 
thers in many Parts of Literature : And not knowing 
into whofe Hands thefe Sonnets might fall, I have en- 
deavoured in this Edition to make fuch Corr eel ions and 
Amendments, which I hope will render them Jiill ob- 
vious to the Vulgar, and not altogether naufeous to the 
Learned. And therefore as I have attempted to purge 
them from a great many Expreffions, which I thought 
were more mean and fat, than could well agree with 
the Tajle of the Intelligent ; fo I have made many of 
the Lines to run more fmoothly than formerly, and in- 
termixed many Phrafes^ that are more poetical', for 
which end, ere I wrote out this Edition, lhave g lanced 
here and there at the Writings of fome that I knoiu 
are at prefnt fa?nous for Poefy : But I own the Life 
and Spirit of that Art in them is more amiable to me, 
than imitdble by ?ne ; and that neither my Time nor 
Talent can allow me to follow them. Tho* I hope the 
following Line* are not the worfe that I have obfer- 
Vid how far thefe lofty Performances of theirs do ex- 


teed the Efforts of an uncultivated Genius, and how 
much their Vigour and Vivacity may be zuaniing, eve ft 
where fome of their Phrafes or Metaphors are adopted. fc 
However, if the Subjecl Matter of the fclloiving 
Lines fib all commend it f elf to the Hearts of the Serious-, 
and the Book, through the Blefftng of God, tendtofpread 
the Light and Knowledge cf the Gofpel of Chrift, and 
to draw immortal Souls to him, my principal Defiign 
therein is gained. %he[ I have tnade many Additions, 
yet I have impaired nothing of the Matter contain d 
in the former Edition-; Many, yi ?nojt, of the Lines 

J} and as they were before \ and tho' they jhould -not be 
capable to fatisfy thofe cf a refined Tafie, yet I Jhdll 
be eafy, if they be clearly intelligible to all, and jujlly 
effenfive to none. Mean time I heartily vftjh, that 
th fie Readers, who chiefly affeel ' Polit 'enefs of Language 
and lofty Strains, zvould endeavour, if thefe Lines can~ 
not gratify their Fancy, to improve them to the Benefit 
of their Scuh ; for if the latter can be reached^ they 
will the inore eajily difpenfe with the former. 

Thefionner Editions had a great many Seel ions with- 
out any Title, except what was general in the begin- 
ning of the Chapter. Tins Defied I have here fupplf d 
by fiuch Titles to every Seel ion, as give a View of the 
main Subjecl- Matter thereof-, on the account of zvbicb % 
together with the Amendments, Enlargements, and 
Additions here made, I hope the Book, niay be more ac- 
ceptable and adapted for Edification than formerly: 
tho* I own the former Editions have met with a mora 
kind Reception among fieri ous Chrifiians than ever I ex- 
pecled ; which alfio has prompted ?ne to put it now into* 
the befl Order, that my Time and other Affairs would 
allow ; in the Throng whereofi I was urged exceedingly^ 
again and again, to baflen it forward. And perhaps 
it is better, that I have not bad occafion to befitow 
upon it all the Ti?ne and Pains I could have wtjhed^ 

face it is probable^ in attempting to make it more un- 
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exceptionable and agreeable to thofe of a critical Eye, 
I might readily have made it lefs intelligible and fer- 
viceable to others, for whom it was principally defigned. 
The fir (1 Part of this Bock is chiefly, and in the firfl 
place to be attended ic, as the Foundation and Ground- 
I'Vork of the reft, and containing the great End and 
Dfftgn of the Gofpel, zvith Reference unto Sinners-* 
which is to divorce them from the Laiv, and betroth 
them unto Chrift, that being dead to the Law by the 
.Body of Chrift, they may be married to another, even 
to him who is rais'd from the dead, that they may 
bring forth Fruit unto God, Rom. vii. 4. Then has a 
Gofpel- Mi nijrer gained his great Point among his People, 
when he can fay with the Apojlle, 2 Cor. xi. 2. I have 
efpoufed you to one Husband, that I may prefent 
you as a chafte Virgin to Chrijl. Here then is the 
'Ground-Work of all true praclical Religion and Holi- 
nefs, fr 'till Men be dead to the Law, they cannot live 
unto God, Gal. ii. 19. And 'till they be married to 
Chrift, they cannot bring forth Fruit unto God, as we 
fee in the alove-cited Rom. vii. 4. And except they 
be in Chrift by the Truth of Faith, and abide in him 
by a Life of Faith, they cannot bring forth Fruit ac- 
ceptable unto God, John xv. 4, 5. Let the Reader then, 
that would be wife unto Salvation, and would wifh to 
be happy in a Match to all Eternity, or jointured for 
another World, that would live godly in Chrift jefus 
here, die in him, and live for ever with him hereafter, 
make it his chief Care to have faving Acquaintance 
with the great Gofpel- Match fet before him in the firfi 
Part of this Book. I do not expert any other part of 
the Book will be read profitably, or comfortably, by thofe 
ihat have no due Concern about this leading Point, 

The Gofpel-Comforts treated of in the fecond Part will 
have no true Relifl), but with thofe that are efpoufed 
unto Chrift, and to whom only God's Jlrong Confla- 
tions belong, Heb. vi. 18. 


The Gofpel-Myjleries treated in the third Part will- 
have no Beauty but in the Eyes of ChriftV Bride, or 
Believers, to whom it is given to knoiv the Myjle:nes 
of the Kingdom of Heaven, while to others it ii not- 
given, Matth. xiii. 1 1. And to whofe enlightened Minds x 
Great is the My fiery of Godlinef, I Tim. iii. i 6. God 
manifefted in the Flefh, Jffr. Tbofe that laugh at the 
Mvfleries of the Gofpel, under the Notion ofmyftical 
Divinity, and ?nake them Matter of Sport and Ridi- 
cule, have reafon to fear, left they he joining Hands 
with profane Mockers, whofe Bands foall be madejlrong* 
Wj may know, that as divine Myjleries are treated, 
jo is the Gofpel, unlefs we have forgot that to preach 
the Gofpel is to fpeak the Wifdom of God in a My- 
fterv, i Cor. ii. 6. 

Again, Gofpel-Ordinances that are commended in 
the fourth Part of this Beck under the Title of the Be- 
liever's Lodging, will not be amiable, but to tbofe, who 
ieing acquainted with Chrift, and efpoufed to him, do 
love the Habitation of his Houfe, and the Place where 
his Honour dwells, Pfal. xxvi. 8. and where they fee his 
Power and Glory, Pfal. Ixiii. 2. 

Gofpel- Ex ere if e and Heart-Work, whereof form 
Pieces are touched in the fifth Part, and in the Ckfe 
of the fourth, will have little place but among tbofe 
Souls, that are betrothed unto Chrift, whofe Heari- 
fanclifying, Sin- conquering, and Soul- comforting Pre- 
fence, is their Life, and whofe great Concern in his Ab~ 
fence is, O that I knew where I might find him ! Job 
xxiii. 3. 

Finally, Gofpel-Truths and Principles [poke of in the 
fixtb and lajl Part of the Book, will be truly received 
and entertained by none, but thofe that ape the Bride, 
the Lamb's Wife, the Woman clothed with the Sun, 
having the Moori under her Feet, and upon her Head 
the Crown of twelve Stars, Rev. xii. 1. Such only 
know the Truth as it k in Jefus, Epb. iv. 21. and re- 
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vlii PREFACE. 

ceive the Love of the Truth that thev may be favei/ 3 
2 Theff ii. 10. Thcfs therefore will read the other 
Parts of this Book to ?noJl Edification and Comfort, who 
are fayingly acquainted with that fpiritual Marriage- 
Relation to Chrift, which is the Subjecl ofthefirfl Part.. 
Some Chapters of the fixth Part of the ft Somen are 
calculated mainly for pointing cut the Difference be- 
tween Law andGcfpeU Juflificatim and Sanclification, 
Faith and Senfe ; which I have the more largely in filed 
tfpm% bccaufe I apprehend, that the more People have 
their Minds fpiritually and evangelically enlighten } d '; fa 
as to have juji and difiintt Apprekenfio?is of thefe Sub- 
jecls, the more will the Life of Ho line fs and Comfort talu 
pace in them ; and the Life of glorious Liberty and Free-- 
dim both from the Power of Corruption, and the P re- 
valency of mental Confufion, DlfcGuragement, and De- 
fbondency^ as our Lord J ems fays, John viii. 32. Ye 
fhall know the Truth, and the Truth (hall make you 
free. Many Chrifiians are kept in great Bondage partly 
by legal Doclrine, and partly by their own legal Difpo- 
fitiw, both much owing to dark and confus'd Apprehen- 
fens of thefe weighty Points ; and particularly of the 
Difference between the Covenant of Works y and that 
of Grace^ or between the Law and the GofpeL 

I /ball only further advertife the Reader , left he alledge 
any Inconfi/hncy between the Subjecl fpoke of Part 6- 
C!i. 4. Seel. 2. concerning Faith , its being the very Op- 
ppftte of Doubts and Fears ; and Sect. 6. of that fa?ne 
Chapter^ concerning Faith building upon Senfe, that 
There is no real Odds, if you con fid er^ that infomeVer- 
fes of the former Seclion, Faith is Jpoken of in the ab- 
itrait, and in its Gwn Nature, and thus it is oppefiie 
tQ) and excludes all unbelieving Doubts - 9 but the lat- 
ttr fpeaks of it in the concrete, and as it is attended 
with the woful Mixture of contrary Principles. Thus 
when a Believer is in Scripture defined as fuch ab- 
JlrWfifyi **& with Reference to his new Nature or re- 


generate Part, it is [aid he finneth not, yea cannot 
fin, I John iii. 6, 9. but when he is viezved in a com* 
pounded Senfe, to affrt he has no Sin, is to contradict 
God and his Truth, 1 John i. 8^ 1 o, 

/ have directed the Reader only to a very few cf the 
Scriptures referred in this Bock, otherwife every Page 
plight have been full of f acred Texts ; fame of them are 
pointed out by a different Char a tier, and ferious Rea- 
ders will know Scripture-Language without any fuck 

I am far from thinking thefe Lines will be pleafmg 
to every one that JJoall read them, fmce the Mould ayid 
Frame of many of them is far from pleafmg my f elf only 
Fm not ajham'd of the Subjecl. The Title I have given 
to the Book is a Jhort Indication of my own Judgment 
about it : for en the one hand, when I confuhred the 
Manner, wherein much of it is written, and how far 
true Poefy is in my Opinion fuperior thereto, I thought 
it Prefumption in me to give it any lofty Title, and 
that it was enough if it pafl under the Name of 
Sonnets: yet on the other hand, /^'Matter contained 
therein being generally fo great Evangelical Myfleries* 
as are not below the Study of elect Angels in Heaven y 
I Pet, i. 12. far lejs below the Conft deration of the mojl 
intelligent Minds and elevated Thoughts of Men, under 
whatever Denomination on Earth ; I thought I might 
prefume to difiinguijh them from all idle and profane 
Scribbles under that Name, by the high Adjuncl and 
Epithet of Gofpel Sonnets. 

Reader, it is a Matter of [mall Mome'it, either to 
me or to yourfelf, what your Thoughts Jhall be cf this 
Performance, or the Author thereof; but it is a Mat- 
ter of vajl Confequence what Jhall be your Thought ^ 
Eflimate, and Valuation of the Truth here prejented 
to your View. If the Applaufe of the Learned had 
been the Authors Scope in this Book, perhaps he had 
never fuffer'd it to fee the Light -, let him therefore 


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decreafe, as he Jhall and ought, hut let Chrift and his 
Truth increafe. The Time is haJPning, wherein you and 
I Jhall Ji and before his awful Tribunal, and I expecl to 
fee or meet with few of you, that are, or Jhall be, the 
Readers, 'till that Day which will declare every Man's 
Work, if it be Wood, Hay, and Stubble, or Gold, 
Silver, and precious Stones, that he builds upon the 
Foundation, ivhich is the Lord himfelf; for other -Foun- 
dation can no Man lay, than that is Jaid, which is Je- 
fus Chr iff, i Cor. III. n, 12, 13. It will therefore be 
your Wifdo?n in the Vievj of that great Day of Ac- 
counts, and I would befeech ycu by the Coming of our 
Lord Jefus Chrift, and by cur gathering together unto 
him, 2 ThefT. ii. k that in reading theje Lines, you 
would ferioufy confider and fee> if they can any way 
contribute, either to your firfl Buildino, or further Pro- 
grefs upon that fur e Foundation God has laid in Zion ; 
that fo you and I both meeting by Faith here, in this 
true and only Centre of fpiritual Rejl, we may then 
meet together joyfully, and adore him for all the Means 
of Edification , that ever he was plea fed to lay in our 

I hope the main Defign of this Book is what I take 
to be the main Scope of the Gofpel itfelf, namely to ex- 
clude all Self Confidence, andflain the Pride of Man , 
to bring in Self Denial, and exalt the Glory of Chrift, 
to extol his Righteoufnefs, by which he has magnify f d 
the Law, and made it honourable, to exhibit fuch a 
Way of Salvation to Sinners, as Jhall mofl advance the 
Honour of all the divine Perfections, which Jinn e tnofil 
brightly in the Face and Per Jon of Jefus Chrift ; and to 
bring Men to fuch a true and lively Faith of the Free- 
Grace and Mercy of God in Chrift, as will be the 
only folid Root and Spring of true Peace, Heart- Holi- 
nejs, and practical Godlinejs, according to thefe and 
the like Scriptures, Rom. v. i. Aclsxv. 9. Tit. ii. II, 
12, and ill 5,6, 7> 8 - With Reference to thefe Sub- 



Jells of everlajling Moment and eternal Confiequence 9 
l t is certainly fafejl for you to choofe that fide, that 
favours Salvation, not of the Free-will of Man nor of 
IVorks, but of the Free-will of God, and of Grace ; 
and that Part, that depreffes Self and Self- Right eoufi- 
nefs to the lowefil, and exalts Chrift and his Righ- 
teoufnefs to the highejl ; that fo you may not have your 
Mina and Opinion to change, perhaps too late, when 
you come to die, or appear before the awful 'Tribunal 
of an infinitely juji and holy God, whofe impartial Trial 
nothing ivill Jland, that wants his own divine Stamp. 
Hence the immediate Views of Death and fudgment 
have made many Oppofers of the Doffrine of Grace in 
their Lives, own it as the bejl Divinity in their laft 
Agonies, and turn with Bellarmine from the Merit of 
Works in Man, to the Mercy of God in Chrift. That 
the following Lines may be bleffed of God for the fpi- 
ritual Profit and Edification of many, and for advan- 
cing a Life of Faith, Holinefs, and Comfort in all fie- 
ri ous Readers, is the earnejl Prayer of him y who de- 
fires t7 account it his Honour to be 9 

A Servant of Jefius Chrij1> 
And of your Faith in him, 

R. E. 

ACTABLE of the Gos p e l Sonnets, 
part I. 

The Believers Ffpoufals. 
Preface. Page I 

CH A P. I. A general Account of Man's Fall in Adam, 
and the Remedy provided in ChrijJ, and a parti- 
cular Account of Man's being naturally wedded 
to the Law as a Covenant of Works. z 

Seel, i. The Fall of Mam. ib. 

Seel. 2. Redemption thro 1 Chrift. 4 

Seel. 3. Mali's legal Difpojit ion. 6 

Seel. 4, M/^'j y?>7«# Attachment to legal Terms, or ts 
the Law as a Condition of Life. 8 

Seel. 5. Mans vain Attempt to feek Life by Chrift*; 
Right eoufnefs, joined with their own, and legal Hopes natu- 
ral to all. 1 1 
Chap. II. The Manner of a Sinner's Divorce from thd 
Law in a Work of Humiliation, and of his Marriage 
to the Lord Jefus Cbrift ; or the Way how a Sinner 
comes to be a Believer. 1 £ 
Seel. I. Of a Law-Work, and the Workings of legal Pride 
under it, ib. 
Seel. 2. Conqjiclion of Sin and Wrath carried on more 
deeply and effe finally on the Heart. \ 8 
Seel. 3. The deeply humbled Soul relieved with fame fus- 
ing D if cov cries of Lhnft the Redeemer. 21 
Seel. 4. The Workings of the Spirit of Faith in feparating 
the Heart from Self Right eoufnefs, and drawing cut its Con- 
fent to and Defve after Chriil alone and wholly. 23 
Stct. 5. Faith's View of the Freedom of Grace , cordial 
Renunciation of all its own ragged Right eoufnefs and formal 
Acceptance of and clofingwith the Per/on of glorious Chrill. 27 
Chap, II L The Fruits of the Believer's Marriage with 
Lhrifl, particularly Gofpel-Holinefs and Obedience to 
the Law as a Rule. 29 


The TABLE. xiu 

Seel. I. The facet Solemnity of the Marriage now over, 
and the fad Eff'ecls of the Remains of a legal Spirit. 29 

Seel. 2. Fait li s Victories over Sin and Satan through new 
and further Difcoveries of Chrift, making Believers mors 
fruitful in Holinefs than all Pretenders to Works. 32 

Seel. 3. True faving Faith magnifying the Law loth as 
& Covenant and a Ride. Falfe Faith unfruitful and ruin- 
ing- ' , 34 

Seel. 4. The Believer only, being married to Chriir, isiu~ 

fiified and fanclifed, and the more Gofpel- Freedom from the 
Law as a Covenant, the more holy Conformity to it as a 
Rule. 37 

Sett. 5. Gof pel-Grace giving no Liberty to Sin, hut to 
holy Service and pure Obedience. 40 

Chap. IV. A Caution to all againfl a legal Spirit, efpe- 
cially to thofe that have a Profe&on without Power, and 
Learning without Grace. 41 

Chap. V. Arguments and Encouragement to Gofpel-Mi- 
niilers to avoid a legal Strain of Doctrine, and endea- 
vour the"Sinner's Match with Chrijl by Gofpel-Means. 

Seel. I . A legal Spirit the Root of damnable Errors, ib. 

Seel, 2. A legal Strain of Doclrine dif covered and dif- 
carded. 47 

Seel. 3. The Hurtfulnefs of not preaching Chrift, and di- 
fiinguijhing duly between Law and G of pel. 48 

Sect. 4. Damnable Pride and Self Right eoufnefs fo na- 
tural to all Men, has little need to be encouraged by legal 

S^ecl. 5. The Gofpel of divine Grace the only ?neans of con- 
verting Sinners, and therefore fhould be preac^d moft clearly, 
fully and freely. 53 

Chop. VI. An Exhortation to all that are out of Chrijl, 
in order to their cloCmg the Match with him, contain- 
ing alfo Motives and Directions. 57 
Sect. I . Conviclion offered to Sinners, efpecially fuch as 
pre wedded flriclly to the Law, or Self Righteous, that 
the) may fee their need of Chrift 1 s Right CGitjnefs. 58 
Seel. 2 Direction given with Reference to the r b JJfe 
of the Means, that We reft not on thefe inftecd of Chriit the 
glorious liujband) in whom alone our Help lies* 6 1 


xiv The TABLE. 

Se£h 3. A Call to believe in Jefus Chrift, vjithfome Hint 
at the Aft and Objeft of Faith. 65 

Se£l. 4. An Advice to Sinners to apply to the /over eign 
Mercy of God, as it is difcoverd, through Chrift, to the high- 
eft Honour of Juflice and other divine Attributes, in order 
to further their Faith in him unto Salvation. 67 

Se£t. 5. The terrible Doom of Unbelievers that rej eft the 
Gofpel- Match, the offered Saviour and Salvation. 7 1 


The Believer" s Jointure. Page 77 

Chap. I. Containing the Privileges of the Believer that 
is efpoufed to Chrift by Faith of divine Operation. 78 
Sed. I. The Believer s perfeft Beauty, free Acceptance, 
€tndfull Security, through the Imputation of ChriftV perfeft 
Righteoufnefs, though imparted Grace be imperfect, ib. 

Se&. 2. Chrift the Believer s Friend, Prophet, Priejl, 
King, Defence, Guide, Guard, Help, and Healer. 81 

Sect. 3. Chrift the Believers nvonderful Fhyftcian and 
wealthy Friend. 84 

Seft. 4. The Believer s Safety under the Covert of CbriJPs 
r. toning Blood and povjerful Intereeffion. 86 

Sedt. 5' The Believers Faith and Hope encourag*d even 
in the darheft Nights of Defertion and Diftrefs. 89 

Sedl. 6. Benefits accruing to Believers from the Offices* 
Names, Natures, and Sufferings of Chrift. o2 

Sedt. 7. Chrift'/ Sufferings further improved, and Be- 
lievers calVd to live by Faith, both vuhen they have and 
nvant jenftble Influences. 95 

Se6t. 8. Chrift the Believer's enriching Treofure. 98 
Se£h 9. Chrift the Believer's adorni?ig Garment* 99 

Sedl. 10. Chrift the Believer *s ftweet Nourifhment. I CO 
Chap. II, Containing Marks and Chara&ers of Believers 
in Chrift, together with fome farther Privileges and 
Grounds of Comfort to the Saints. 102 

Sett. 1 . Doubting Believers called to examine them/elves 
by Marks dravon from their Love to him and his Prejence, 
their Vievo of his Glory, and their being emptied of Self High * 
teoufnefs, Sec. - ib. 

The TABLE. xv 

Sett. 2. Believers defer ib^d from their Faith afting by di- 
vine Aid, and flying quite out of themf elves /fljefus Chritt. 105 

Sett. 3. Believers charafterifed by the Objefts and Pu- 
rity of their Defire, Delight, Joy, Hatred and Love, dif 
covering they have the Spirit of (Jhrift. 108 

Sett. 4. Believers in Chrift, ajfeft his Counfel, Word, 
Ordinances, Appearance, full Enjoyment in Heaven, and 
fweet Prefence here. 1 1 1 

Sett. 5. The true Believer } s Humility, Dependance, Zeal 9 
Grovjth, Admiration of free Grace, and Knovjledge of 
ChrilVs Voice. 1 1 3 

Sett. 6. True Believers are willing to be tried and ex- 
amined. Alfo Comforts ariftng to them from Chrift'i ready 
Supply, real Sympathy, and relieving Names fuiting their 
Needs. 116 

Sett. 7. The Believers Experience of Chrift's comfortable 
Prefence , or of former Comforts, to be improved for his En- 
couragement and Support under Darknefs and Hidings. 1 20 

Sett. 8. Comfort to the Believers from the Stability of the 
Promife, notvjithjlanding heavy Chafifements for Sin. 125 

St6t^ 9. Comfort to Believers from Chrifl'/ Relations, his 
dying Love, his Glory in Heaven, to which he will lead them 
through Death, and fupply them vjith all Neceffariei by the 
way. 126 

Sq^. 10. Comfort to Believers from the Text, Thy Maker 
is thy Hufband, inverted thus. Thy Hufband is thy Maker, 
and the Conclufion of this Subjeft. 128 


The Believer s Riddle, or the My fiery of Faith. 

The Preface fhewing the Ufe and Defign of the Riddle, 
and how all fatal Errors proceed from Ignorance of fuch 
Myfteries. Page 132 

Sett. 1 . The My fiery of the Sainfs Pedigree, and ejpe daily 
of his Relation to Chriit'j wonderful Perfon. 136 

Sett. 2. The Myflery of the Saint's Life, State, and Frame. 


xvi The TABLE. 

Sea. 3. Myfteries about the Saints Work and Warfare 
Sins, Sorrows and Joys. \ \ 

Sea. 4. Myfteries in Faiths ExtraBions, Way and Walk 
Prayers and 4nfwirs % Heights and Depths, Fear and Love'. 

Sea. 5. Myfteries about flejb and Spirit, Liberty aVd 
Bondage, Life and Death. ' T ,£ 

Sea. 6. the Myftery of free Juftifi cation through ChriiVs 
■Obedience and Satisfaction. u7 

S«a. 7. The Myftery of God the Juftifier, and Faith jujti- 
fying him, both inhis juftifying 'and condemning ; Or Soul- 
Juftification and Self Condemnation. I aq 

Sea. 8, The Myftery of Sanclifi cation imperfect in this 
Life : Or the Believer doing all, and doing nothing. \ r \ 

Sea. 9. The Myftery of various Karnes givm to Saints: 
Or the FUfk and 'S pit it defer: b'd from inanimate Things, Ve- 
getables and Serfitives. I -^ 

Sea. lo. The Myftery of the Saints old and nevu Man 
further defer ibed, and the Means of their fpiritual Life. 1 - r 

StG:. 11. The Myftery of Chrifl, his Names, Natures 
and Offices. jry 

Sect. 1 2. The Myftery of the Believers ?nixed State fur- 
fher enlarged, and his getting Good out of Evil. j-q 

c^ck. 13. The Myftery of the Sainfs Adverfaries and Ad- 
v erf ties. 161 

Sea. 14. The Myftery of the Believers Pardon and Se~ 
curityfrom revenging Wrath, notvAihftanding his Sin s De- 
fer*. 162 

Sea. 15. The Myftery of Faith and Sight. 165 

Sea. 1 6. The Myftery of Faith and Works. 167 

And of Rewards of Grace and Debt. 168 

The Conclufon. 169 


The Believers Lodging. 

A Varophrafc upon Pfal. Ixxxiv. I 
Exercife for the Believer 1 his Lodging fourfold, 
\. The holy Lav:, cr Zommandmints, 

2. tte unholy ileart, th f God's Lavu. 178 

3. Tie glorious Go/pel of Chrifl, the Remedy. ib. 

4. Tie Prayer of Faith, exemplified, 179 



The T A B L E. 



T7ie Believer s Soliloquy. 

Efpecially in fifties of Defertion, Temptation, Affliction-, 
&c. Page 1 80 

Seel. 1 . The deferted Believer longing for perfeel Freedom 
from Sin. ib. 

Seel. 2. The defer ted Believers Prayer under Complaints 
of Unbelief, Darknefs, Deadnefs and Hardnefs* 183 

Seel. 3. The Believer evading through Deeps of Defertion 
find Corruption. \$j 

Seel. 4. The Believer's Complaint of Sin, Sorrow, and 
want of Love. \ $q 

Seel, c. The deferted Soufs Prayer for the Lord's gracious 

and ftn-fubduing Prefence. In 2 . 

Seel. 6. The Song of Heaven dejired by Saints on Earth. 



The Believer** Principles. 

Chap. I. Concerning Creation and Redemption, or fome 
of thefiril Principles of the Oracles of God. Page 198 
Seel. 1. Of Creation. The firjl Chapter of Geneiis com- 

pendifed* ib. 

The Sum of Creation. 200 

Seel. 2. Of Redemption, the Myfery of the Redeemer's 

Incarnation, or God manifefted in the Fkfb. 201 

The Sum of Redemption. 202 

Sedl. 3. The Redeemer s Work, or Chrift all in all and 

eur com pleat Redemption. A Gofpel-Catechifm for young 

Chrijiians. ib. 

Seel* 4* Faith and Works excluded from the Matter 

nf J up feat ion before God, that Redemption may appear to be 

only in Chritf. 

Chap. II. Concerning the Law and the Gofpel. 

Sedl. 1. The Myfery of Lavj and Go/pel. 2 ll 

Seel. 2. The Difference between Lavo and QkJfiL 216 
Seel. 3 The Harmony between Law a-id Goj'psl. 220 
Seel. 4. The proper Place and Station of the Law and the 

Gofpely in four Paragraphs. 22^ 

a Para- 

xviii The TABLE. 

Paragraph i . The Place and Station of Law and Gofpei 
in general. ib. 

Parag. 2. The Place and Station of Law and Gofpei in 
particular. 226 

Parag. 3. The Gofpei no new Law », but a joyful Sound of 
Grace and Mercy. 232 

Parag. 4. Tbe Gofpei furtber defcriVd as a Bundle of good 
News and gracious Promifes. 235 

Chap. III. Concerning J unification and Sanclification, 

their Difference aud Harmony. 238 

Seel. 1. The Difference between Jufiification and SancJi- 
f cation, or Rigbteoufnefs imputed and Grace imparted, in 
upwards of tbirty Particulars. jb. 

Seel. 2. Tbe Harmony between J 'unification and San&ifi- 
cation. 24^ 

Cbap. IV. Concerning Faith and Senfe. 248 

Seel. I. Faith and Senfe natural compared and difiin* 
gui/b'd* lb. 

Seel. 2. Faith and Senfe fpiritual compard and difiin- 
guijFd. 251 

Seel. 3. Tbe Harmony and D if cord between Faith and 
Senfe. 54 

Seel. 4. The Valour aud Viflories of Faith. 255 

Seel. 5. The Heights and Deeps of Senfe. 258 

Seel. 6. Faith and Fraines compared, or Faith building 
upon Senfe difco<ver*d. 260 

Cbap. V. Concerning Heaven and Earth. 264 

Seel. 1 . The Work and Contention of Heaven. ib. 

Seel. 2. Earth defpicable, Heaven defrable. I 268 


Page 3. line 22. for were read where. 

p. 32. line ult. read, The fmitting favour of bis fmilitJg face* 

p. 38. line 17. for That read their 

p. 44. line 19. for complete read compete 

p.. 45. line 5. for flop read Jioop. 

p. 68. line 10. for jpeakft read fpakft. 

p. 88. line 26. for fear rzid fcare. 

p. 126. line 19. for wbieb read with. 

p. 134. line 14. for its read as. 

p. 193. line 9, for^y read my. 

p. 204. line 13. for friends read fiends, 

p. 231. line 21. for pray objerve, read obfave pray f 

p. 256. line 3. for glorious read glories. 

9, 261. line i2* for 14 read u« 

*-jV *%b ^ ^ >3^ v ^ ^ ^ A$* S%h ^ /J?i *CJT* 


O R, 



ST^ Believer's Espousals: 

A P O E M «/>00 Isaiah liv. 5. Thy 
Maker is thy Hufband. 


JT A R K, dying Mortal, -if the Sonnet prove 

' A Song ^/living and immortal Love, 
'Tis then thy grand Concern the Theme to know, 
If Life and Immortality be fo. 
Are Eyes to read, or Ears to hear a Truji ? 
Shall both in Death be cramrnd anon with Duft? 
Then trifle not to pleafe thine Ear and Eye, 
But read thou, hear thou, for Eternity. 
Purfue not Shadows wing'd, but be thy Chafe, 
The God of Glory on the Field of Grace : 
The mighty Humeri Name is loft- and vain, 
that runs not this fub/iantial Prize to gain. 
Thtje humble Lines affume no high pretence, 
?o pleafe thy Fancy 9 or allure thy Senfe , 

B But 

2 Gospel Sonnets. 

But aim^ if cvcrlajling Life's thy Chace, 

To clear thy Mind, and warm thy Heart through Grace* 

A Marriage fo myjlerious I proclaim , 
Betwixt two Parties of fuch different Fame, 
That human Tongues may blujh their Names to tell, 
To wit, the Prince c/Heav'n, the Heir <?/Hell ? 
But, en fo vajl a Sub j eel, who can find 
Words fuiting the Conceptions of Ins Mind? 
Or if cur Language with our Thought could vie, 
IVhat mortal Thought can raife itfelf fo high ? 
When Words and Thoughts both foil, ynay Faith and 

Afcend by climbing up the Scriptttrc-Stair : 
From Sacred V/rit thefejlrange Efpcufals may 
Be explicated in the following Way. 


A General Account of Man's Fall in Adam, 
and the Remedy provided in Christ; 
And a particular Account oPMan's being 
naturally wedded to the L^v, as a Cove- 
nant of Works. 


The Fall c/ADAM, 

OL D ddam once a Heav'n of Pleafure found. 
While he with perfed Innocence was crown d: 
His wiog'd Affcaions to his God could move, 
In Raptures of Dclirc, and Strains of Love. 

Part I. The Believer's Efpoufals. 3 

Man {landing fpotlefs, pure and innocent, 

Could well the Law of Works which Works content ; 

Tho' then, (nor fince) it could demand no lefs 

Than perfonal and perfect Righteoufnefs : 

Thefe unto finlefs Man were eafy Terms, 

Tho' now beyond the reach of wither'd Arms; 

The legal Cov'nant then upon the Field, 

Perfection fought, Man could perfection yield. 

Rich had he, and his Progeny remain'd, 

Had he primeval Innocence maintain'd, 

His Life had been a Reft without annoy, 

A Scene of Blifs, a Paradife of Joy. 

But fubtle Satan, in the Serpent hid, 

Propofing fair the Fruit that God forbid, 

Man foon fedue'd by Hell's alluring Art, 

Did, difobedient, from the Rule depart, 

Devour'd the Bait, and by his bold Offence 

Fell from his blifsful State of Innocence. 

Proftrate, he loft his God, his Life, his Crown, 

From all his Glory tumbled head-long down, 

Plung'd in a deep Abyfs of Sin and Woe, 

Were void of Heart to will, or Hand to do ; 

For's own Relief he can't command a Thought, 

The total Sum of what he. can is nought. 

He's able only now rfmcreafe his Thrall, 

He can deftrgy himfelf, and this is all. 

But can the Hellifh Brat Heav Vs Law fulfil ? 

Whofe Precepts high furmount his Strength and Skill. 

Can filthy Drofs produce a golden Beam ? 

Or poifon'd Springs a falutif rous Stream ? 

Can carnal Minds, fierce Enmity's wide Maw, 

Be duly fubjecT: to the divine Law ? 

Nay, now its direful ThreaCnings muft take place, 

On all the difobedient Human Race, 

Who do by Guilt Omnipotence provoke, 

Obnoxious ftand to his uplifted Stroke, 

B 2 They 

4 Gospel Sonnets. 

They muft ingulf themfelves in endlefs Woes, 
"Who to the living God are deadly Fees ; 
" Who natively his holy Will gainf^y, 
Muft to his awful Juftice fall a Prey. 
In vain do Mankind now expect, in vain 
By legal Deeds immortal Life to gun : 
Nay, Death is threaten'd, Threats muft have their 

Or Souls that £a muft die, as God is true. 


Redemption through Christ. 

HP HE Second Adam, Sov'reign Lord of All, 
**■ Did by his Father's authorizing Ca.l, 
From Bofom of Eternal Loved^-fcend, 
To fave the guilty Race that him offirnd ; 
To treat an everhitins; p eace with t!. 

^o make - 

The Brat which at his Love her 
Hirnfelf he humbled to deprefs her Pri 
And make his mo -- 

But ere the Marriage can be I, 

All Lets m\x°i be remov'd, all Partie. pieas'd. 
Lav ;ufnefs requird^ muft be procured, 

Law-Vengeance n'd, mult be full endur'd 

Stern Juftice muft have Credit b 
Sweet Mercy by the Heart the muft cauh. 
Poor Bankrupt ! all her Debt muft firft be paid, 

Her former Husband in I e be LA : 


Part I. foe Believer's Efpufah, 5 

Her prefent Lover muft be at the Colt, 

To fave and ranfom to the uttermoft. 

If all thefe things this Suitor kind can do, 

Then he may win her, and her Blefiing too. 

Hard Terms indeed ! While Death's the firfl Demand, 

Bat Love is flrong as Death, and will not ftand, 

To carry on the Suit, and make it good, 

Tho' at the deareft Rate of Wounds and Blood. 

The Burden's heavy, but the Back is broad, 

The glorious Lover is the mighty God. 

Kind Bowels yearning in th' eternal Son, 

He left his Father's Court, his heav'nly Throne : 

Afide he threw his moft divine Array, 

And wrapt his Godhead in a Veil of Clay. 

Angelic k Armies, who in Glory crown'd, 

With joyful Harps his awful Throne furround, 

Down to the cryftal Frontier of the Sky, 

To fee the Saviour born did eager fly; 

And ever fince behold with Wonder frefh 

Their Sov'reign and our Saviour wrapt in Flefh. 

Who in this,Garb did mighty Love di play, 

Rejioring what he never tipk away. 

To God his Glory, to the Law it> Due, 

To Heav'n its Honour, to th- Earth its Hae. 

To Man a Rig'ateoufnefs divine, complete, 

A royal Robe to fuit the Nuptial Rite. 

He in her Favours whom he lov'd fo well. 

At'oncedid parch-fe Heav'n, and vanquifh Hell. 

Oh unexampl'd Love ! fo vaft, fo flrong, 

So great, fo high, fo derp, fo broad, fo long ! 

Can finite Thought this Ocean huge explore, 

Unconfcious of a Bottom or a Shore ? 

His Love admits no Parallel ; for why, 

At one great Draught of Love he drank Hell dry. 

No Drop of wrathful Gall he left behind, 

No Dreg to witnefs that he was unkind. 

B 3 The 

6 Gospel Sonnets. 

The Sword of awful Juftice pierc'd his Side, 

That Mercy thence might guili upon the Bride. 

The meritorious Labours of his Life, 

And glorious Conquefis of his dying Strife, 

Her Debt of Doing, Suffering, both Cancell'd, 

And broke the Bars his lawful Captive held. 

Down to the Ground the Htllifh Holts he threw, 

Then mounting high, the Trump of Triumph blew, 

Attended with a bright feraphic Band, 

Sat down enthron'd fublime on God's Right- Hand; 

Where glorious Choirs their various Harps employ, 

To found his Praifes with confederate Joy. 

There he, the Bride's ftrong Interceiibr fits, 

Aud thence the Bleffings of his Blood tranfmits, 

Sprinkling all o'er the flaming Throne of God, 

Pleaas Tor ner Pardon his atoning Blood ; 

Sends down his holy co-eternal Dove, 

To fliew the Wonders cf incarnate Love\ 

To woo and win the Bride's reluctant Heart, 

And pierce it with his kindly killing Dart : 

By Gclpei-Light to inanifeft that now, 

She has no farther with the Law to do, 

That her new Lord hasloos'd the'fed'ral Tye, 

That once hard bound her or to do ox die. 

That Precepts, Threatsr, no fingle Mite can crave, 

Thus for her former Spoufe he digg'd a Grave. 

The Law faft to his Crofsdid nail and pin, 

Then bury'd the Defunct his Tomb within, 

That he the lonely Widow to himfeif might win 


sect. in. 

Matfi Lege! Difpofuion. 

BU T, after all, the Bride's fo malecontent, £ 
No Argument, fave Power, is prevalent, * 

To bow her Will, and gain her Heart's Confent.^ 

Part I. The Believer's Efpoitfals. y 

The glorious Prince's Suit (he difapproves, 

The Law her old primordial Husband loves ; 

Hopeful in its Embraces Life to have, 

Tho' dead and bury'd in her Suitors Grave ; 

Unable to give Life, as once before ; 

Unfit to be a Husband any more. 

Yet proudly fhe the new Addrefs difdains, 

And all the bleft Redeemer's Love and Pains. 

Tho' now his Head, that cruel Thorns did wound, 

Is with immortal Glory circled round ; 

Archangels at his awful Footftool bow, 

And drawing Love fits fmiling on his Brow. 

Tho' down he fends in Gofpel-Tidings good 

Epiftles of his Love, fign'd with his Blood : 

Yet lordly fhe the royal Suit rejeds, 

Eternal Life by Legal Works affedrs ; 

In vain the Living feeks among the Dead, 

Sues quick'ning Comforts in a killing Head. 

Her dead and bury'd Husband has her Heart, 

Which can nor Death remove, nor Life impart. 

Thus all revolting Adams blinded Race, 

In their firlt Spoufe their Hope and Comfort place. 

They natively expect, if Guilt them prefs, 

Salvation by a home-bred Ri-hteoufnefs : 

The>,' look for Favour in jitfbyahls Eyes, 

By careful doing . all that in them lies. 

'Tis ftill their primary Atteriipt to draw 

Their Life and Comfort from the veteran Law ; 

They fly not to the Hope the Gofpel gives, 

To trull a Promife bare, their Minds aggrieves, 

Which judge the Man that does^ the Man that lives 

As native as they draw their vital Breath* 

Their fond Recourfe is to the Legal Path. 

Why, fays old Nature in law-wedded Man, 

" Won't Heav'n be pleas'd, if I do all I can? 

u If I conform my Walk to Nature's Light, 

u And ftrive, intent to practife what is right ? 

B 4 M Thus, 

8 Gospel Sonnets. 

" Thus, won't I by the God #f Heav'n be blcfs'd> 

" And win his Favour, it I do my belt ? 

" Good God ! (he cries) when prefs'd with Debt 

' " and Thrall, 
<c Have Patience with me, and PIl pay thee all /"* 
Upon their All, their Be/}, they're fondly mad, 
Tho' yet their Ail is naught, their Beft is bad. * 

Proud Man bis Can does mightily exalts, 
Yet are his brigrueft Works but fplendid Faults. 
A Sinner may have Shews of Good, but ftill 
The heft he can, even at his beft, is 111. 
Can Heav'n or Divine Favour e'er be win, 
Bv thofe that are a Mafs of Hell and Sin ? 
The righteous Law does numerous Woes denounce, 
Againft the wretched Soul that fails but once : 
What heaps of Curfes on their Head it rears, 
1 hat have amafs'd the Guilt of numerous Years ! 
* Matth. xviii. 26. 


Man's Jiricl Jttackrpent to Legal Terms, or to tkt 
Law as a Condition of Life. 

SA Y, OFhwhat Terms then Heav'n appeas'd wili be? 
Why, fure, Perfection is the ka ft Degree. 
Yea rriore, full Satisfaction muft be given 
For Trefpafs done againft the Laws of Heaven. 
Thefe are the Terms, what Mortal Back fo broad, 
But muft for ever fink beneath the Load. 
A Ranfom muft be found, or die they muft, 
Sure, even as Juftice infinite is juft. 
But, fays the legal, proud, (M righteous Fleart, 
Which cannot with her ancient Contort part, 
" What ! won't the Goodnefs of the Gcd of Heaven 
" Admit of Smalls when greater can't be given ? 

" He 

Part I. The Bt/'ever's Efpoufah. 

c He knows cur Fall diminifh'd all our Funds, 
ic Won't he accept of Pennies now for Pounds ? 
" Sincere Endeavours for Perfection take, 
cc Or Terms more poffible for Mankind make ? " 
Ah ! poor Divinitv, and Jargon loofe, 
Such Hay and Straw will never build the Houfe. 
Miftake not here, proud Mortal, don't miftake, 
God changes not, nor other Terms will make. 
Will Divine Faithfulnefs itfelf deny, 
Which fwore folemnly Man {hall do or die? 
Will God moil True extend to us forfocth. 
His Goodnefs to the damage of his Truth ? 
Will fpotlefs Holinefs be baffled thus ? 
Or awful Juftice be unjuft for us ? 
Shall Faithfulnefs be faithlefs for our fake, 
And he his Threats, as we his Precepts break ? 
Will our great Creditor deny himfelf ? 
And for full Payment take our filthy Pelf? 
Difpenfe with Juftice, to let Mercy vent? 
And ftain his Royal Crown with minith'd Rent? 
Unworthy Thought ! O let no-mortal Clod 
Hold fuch bafe Notions of a glorious God. 
Heaven's holv Covenant made for human Race, 
Confifts, or v >r whole of Grace. 

If Works i J, then Works muft be 

For ever \ Degre?: 

Will God diTpen r e with' left fre* he won't 

Wifii ragged Toil his ro-al La^v Hfiojit. 
Can Rags that Sinai Flames will (ben difpntch, 
E'er prove the fiery Law's adequate Match ? 
Vain Alan mult be divore'd, and choofe to take 
Another Husband, orabqrnii.g Lake. 

V/e find the Divine Volume no where teach, 
New legal Terms within our mortal Reach. 
Some make, tho,' in the f cred Page unknown, 
Sincerity afiume Perfeflidn's Throne ; 

B 5 Eut 

io Gospel Sonnets. 

But who will boafl: this bafe Ufurper's Sway, 
Save Miniiters of Darknefs that difplay 
Invented Night to ftifle Scripture-Day ? 
The Naturalifts Sincerity is naught, 
That cf the Gracious is divinely taught, 
Which teaching keeps their Graces, if fincere, 
Within the Limits of the Gofpel Sphere, 
Where vaunting, none created Graces Ting, 
'Nor boaft of Streams, but of the Lord, the Spring. 
S : ncerity's the Soul cf every Grace, 
The Quality of all the ranfom'd Race. 
Of promis'd Favour 'tis a Fruit, a Claufe, 
But no procuring Term, no moving Caufe. 
How unadvis'd the legal Mind confounds 
The Marks of divine Favour with the Grounds, 
And Qualities cf covenanted Friends 
With the Condition of the Cov'nant blends ? 
Thus holding Gofpel-Truths with legal Arms, 

takes new Cov'nant Fruits for Fed'ral Terms, 
The joyful Scund no Change of Terms allows, 
I]ut Change.of Perfons, or another Spoufe. 
The Nature fame that finn'd muft do and die', 
No milder Terms in Gofpei-Offers lie. 
For Grace no o trier Law- A bate mint (hews, 

: how Law- Debtors may reft c>re.*its Dues ; 
Reftore, yes, through a Surety in their place, 
With double Intereft and a better Grace. 
Here we of no new 'Terms of Life, are told, 
Ej: of a Husband to fulfil the old ; 
With him alone by Faith we're caii'd to wed, 
And let no Rival * briiik the Marriage-Bed. 

* Enjoy* 


Part I. The Believer's Efpoufah. u 


Mens vain Attempt to feek Life hy Christ's 
Righteoufnefs, joined with their own \ And 
legal Hopes natural to all. 


UT ftill the Bride reliant difallows 
The junior Suit, and hugs the fenior Spoufe. 
Such the old felfifh Folly of her Mind, 
So bent to lick the Duft, and grafp the Wind;, 
Alledging Works and Duties of her own 
May for her criminal Offence atone ; 
She will her antic dirty Robe provide, 
Which vain {he hopes will all Pollutions hide. 
The filthy Rags that Saints away have flung, 
She holding, wraps and rolls herfelf in Dung. 
Thus, maugre all the Light the Gofpel gives. 
Unto her natural Confort fondly cleaves. 
Tho' Mercy fet the Royal Match in view, 
She's loth to bid her antient Mate adieu. 
When Light of Scripture, Reafon, common Senfe, 
Can hardly mortify her vain Pretence 
To legal Righjteoufnefs ; yet if at lad 
Her Conscience rous'd begins to (land aghaft, 
Prefs'd with the Dread of Hell, (he'll rafhly patch, 
And halve a Bargain with the profer'd Match. 
In hopes his Help, together with her own, \ 
Will turn to peaceful Smijes the wrathful Frown* 
Tho' Grace the Riling Sun delightful fmgs, 
With full Salvation in his golden Wings, 
And Righteoufnefs complete, the faithlefs Soulj 
Receiving half the Light, rejects the whole; 
Revolves the facred Page, but reads purblind 
The Gofpel-Mefiage with a legrJ Mind* 

B 6 Me» 

12 Gospel Sonnets. 

Men dream their State, ah ! too too fiightly view'J, 

Needs only be amended, not renew'd, 

Scorn to be wholly Debtors unto Grace, 

Hopeful their Works may meliorate their Cafe, 

They fancy prefent Pray'rs and future Pains, 

Will for their former Failings make amends: 

To legal Yokes they bow their fervile Necks, 

And leaft foul blips their falfe Repofe perplex, 

Think Jems' Merits make up all Defects. 

They patch his glorious Robe with filthy Rags, 

And burn but h.cenfe to their proper Drags, 

Difliam to ufe his Righteoufhefs alone, 

But as an aiding Stirr'p to mount their own ; 

Thus in Quid's room his Rival Self enthrone, 

And vainly would, dreis'd up in legal Trim, 

Divide Salvation 'tween themfeives and him. 

But kno v, vain Man, that to his fhare mult fail 

The Glory of the whole, or none at all. 

In him all Wifdom's hidden Treafure lie, 

And all the Fulnefs of the Deity. 

This Store alone, imrnenfe, and never fpent, 

Might poor infoTveoJj Debtors well content; 

But to Heli-Pnfon juil'.y Heaven wii! doom 

Proud Fools that .on thei-r;pettv. Stocklprefujne. 

The fofteit Goubfi that gilded Nature Tc'hows, 

Can give the wuken'd Conference no Repofe. 

When God arraigns, what morul Power can ftand 

Beneath the Terror of his lifted Hand ? 

Our Safety lies beyond the natural Line, 

Bexieath a purple Covet all divine. 

Yet now is precious Chriit, the Way, defpisM, 

And high the way of Life by doing priz'd ? 

But can its Votaries all its "Levy fhow ? 

They prize it raofr, who leaft its Burden know ; 

Who by the Law in part would fave his Soul, 

Becomes a * Debtor to fulfil the whole. 


* Gal. v. 3. 

Part I. I'he Believer's Efftoufah. 13 

Its Prifoner he remains, and without Bail, 

'Till every Mite be paid ; and if he fail, 

(As fure he muft, fmce by our finftil Breach, 

Perfection far furmounts ail mortal Reach) 

Then curd for ever muft his Soul remain ; 

And all the Folk of God muft fay Amen'*, 

Why, feeking that the Law fhould Help afford ; 

In honouring the Law, he flights its Lord, 

Who give his Law-fulfilling Righteoufnefs, 

To be the naked Sinner's perfect Drefs ; 

In which he might with fpotlefs Beauty fhine, 

Before the Face of Majefty divine ; 

Yet lo ! the Sinner works with mighty Pains. 

A Garment of his own to bide his Stains, 

Ungrateful overlooks the Gift of God, 

The Robe wrought by his Hand, dy'd in his Blood, 

in vain the Son of God this Web did weave, 
Could our vile Rags fufficient Shelter give. 
In vain he every Thread of it did draw, 
Could Sinners be o'ermantled by the Law. 
Can Mens Salvation on their Works be built,, 
Whofe faireft Actions nothing are but Guilt? 
Or can the Law fup-^refs th' ayeng'ng Flame, 
When now its only Office is to damn ? 
Did Life come by the Law in part- or whole, 
Bleft J*fos .died in- vain to fave a Soul. 
Thofe then who Life by legal means expect, 
To them is Cbrijl become of no effect ; 
Becaufe their legal Mixtures do in fact 
Wifdom's grand Project plainly counteract. 
How clofe proud carnal Reafonings combine, 
To fruftrate Sovereign Grace's great Defign ? 
Man's Heart by Nature weds the Law alone, 
Nor will another Paramour enthrone. 

True, many iecin by Courfe of Life profane, 
No Favour for the Law to entertain j 

* Deut. xxv iit 26. 

14 Gospel Sonnets. 

But break the Bands, and caft the Cords awav, 
That would their raging Lufls and Paflion flay : 
Yet even this reigning Madnefs may declare, 
How firiclly wedded to the Law they are ; 
For now (however rich they feem'd before) } 

Hopelefs to pay Law-Debt, they give it o'er, C 

Like defp'rate Debtors mad, {til run themfelves C 
in more. % ^ 

Defpatr of Succefs (hews their ftrong Defires, 
'Till legal Hopes are parch'd in luftful Fires. 
" Let's give (fay they) our lawlefs Will free Scope, 
11 And live at random, for there is no Hope *." 
The Law that can't 'em help, they flab with Hate, 
Yet fcorn to beg, or court another Mate. 
Here, Lufts moft oopofite their Hearts divide, 
Their beaftly Paflion, and their bankrupt Pride. 
In Paflion they their native Mate deface, 
In Pride difdain to be oblig'd to Grace. 
Hence plainly, as a Rule 'gainft Law they live. 
Yet clofely to it as a Cov'nant cleave. 
Thus legal Pride lies hid beneath trie Patch, 

And ftrong Averfion to the Gofpel- Match. 


* Jtr. xvni. I2> 


Part. L The Believer's Efpoufa's. 15 


The Manner of a Sinner's Divorce from the 

Law in a Work of Humiliation, and of 

-his Marriage ro the Lord Jesus Christ; 

Or the Way how a Sinner comes to be a 



Of a Law-Work, and the Workings of legal Pridt 
under it. 

C O proud's the Bride, (o backwardly difpofs'cf, 
^ How then (hail e'er the happy Match be clos'd ? 
Kind Grace the Tumults of her Heart muft quell, 
And draw her Heav'nward by the Gates of Hell. 
The Bridegroom's Father makes by's holy Sp'rit 
His ftern Command with her ftiffConfcience meet 5 
To dafh her.Pride, and fhew her utmoft need, 
Purfues for double Debt with awful Dread. 
He makes her former Husband's -frightful Ghoft 
Appear and-damn her, as a Bankrupt loft, 
With Curfes, Threats, and Sinai Thunder-claps, 
Her lofty Tower of legal Boafting faps. 
Thefe humbling Storms in high or low Degrees, 
Heaven's Majefty will meafure as he pleafe > 
But dill he makes the fiery Law at leaft 
Pronounce its awful Sentence in her Breaft, 
'Till through the Law * convidt of being loft, 
She hopelefs to the Law give up the Ghoft: 

* Gal. ik 19. 

i6 Gospe: Sonnets.- 

Which now in Rigour comes full Debt to crave, 

And in clofe Prifon caft ; but not to (ave. 

For now 'tis weak, and can't (through our Default) 

Its greateft Votaries to Life exalt. 

But well it can command w T ith Fi r e and Flame, 

And to the lowed Pit of Ruin damn. 

Thus doth it, by Com million from above, 

Deal w T ith the Bride, when Heav'n wou'd court her 

Lo ! now (he ftartles at the Sinai Trump, 
Which throws her Soul into a difmal Dump. 
Confcious another Husband (he mufthave, 
Elfe die for ever in Deduction's Grave. 

While in Convi&ion's Jail fhe's thus inclos'd, 
Glad News is heard, the Royal Mate's propot'd. 
And now the fcornful Bride's inverted Air, 
Is racking Fear, he fcorn to match with her. 
She dreads his Fury, and defpairs that he 
Will ever wed fo vile a Wretch as (he. 
And here, the legal Humour ftirs again 
To her prodigious Lofs and grievous Pain : 
For when the Prfhce prefents himfelf to be 
Her Husband % then fhe deems; Ah ! is not he 
Too fair a Match for fucrra filthy Bride ? 
Unconfcious that the Thought bewrays her Pride, 
Even Pride of Merit, Pride of Righteoufnefs, 
Expe&ing Heav'n mould love her for her Drefs ; 
Unmindful how the Fail her Face did ftain, 
And made her but a black unlovely Swain, 
Her whole primeval Beauty quite defac'd. 
And to the Rank of Fiends her Form debas'd ; 
Without disfigur'd, and defil'd within, 
Incapable of any thing but Sin. 

Heav'n courts not any for their comely Face, 1 

But for the glorious Praife of Sovereign Grace, > 
Elfe ne'er had courted one of Adarrts Race, 3 


Past L The Believer's Ejpcufdts. 17 

Which all as Children of Corruption be, 

Heirs rightful o r immortal Mifery. 

Yet here the Bride employs her foolim Wit, 

For this bright Match her ugly Form to fit; 

To daub her Features o'er with legal Paint, 

That with a Grace (he may herfelf prefent. 

Hopeful the Prince with Credit might her wed, 

If once feme comely Qualities fhe had. 

In humbie Pride, her haughty Spirit flags, 

She cannot think of coming all in Rags. 

Were me a humble, faithful Penitent, 

She dreams he'd then contract will full Content. 

Bafe Varlet ! thinks (he'd be a Match for him, 

Did {he but deck herfelf in handfome Trim. 

Ahfoolifh Thoughts ! in legal Deeps that plod, 

Ah forry Notion of a Sovereign God ! 

Will God expofe his great, his glorious Son, 

For our vile Baggage to be fold and won ? 

Should finful Modefty the Match decline, 

Until its Garb be bri^k and fuperfine ; 

Alas ! when mould we fee the Marfiage-Day, 

The happy Bargain mull flee up for ay, 

Prefumptuous --Souls in frrly Modefty, 

Half Saviours of themfelves wou'd fondlv be, 

Then hopeful th' ether hnlf their Due will fall, 

Difd in to be % Jeffs' Debt for all. 

Vainly they fir ft wou'd warn themfelves, and then 

AdJrefs the Fountain to be wafh'd more clean ; 

Firft heal tbemfelve<, and then expecT: the Balm ; 

Ah ! many (lightly cure their (widen Qualm. 

They heal their Confcience with a Tear or Pray'r ; 

And feek no other Chriji^ but perifh there. 

O Sinner, fearch the Houfe, and fee the Thief 

That fpoils thy Saviour's Crown, thy Soul's relief. 

The hid, but heinous Sin of Unbelief. 

Who can poflefs a Quality that's good, 

'Till firft he came to Jefus' cleahfing Blood ? 


18 Gospel Sonnets. 

The Power that draws the Bride, will alfo (hew 

Unto her by the way her hellifh Hue, 

As void of every Virtue to commend, 

And full of every Vice that will offend. 

'Till Sovereign Grace the fullen Bride (hall catch, 

She'll never fit herfelf for fuch a Match. 

Molt qualify'd they are in Heaven to dwell, 

Who fee themfelves moft qualify'd for Hell ; 

And ere the Bride can drink Salvation's Cup, 

Kind Heaven muft reach to Hell, and lift her up : 

For no Decorum e'er about her found : 

Is file belov'd ? but on a nobler Ground. 

jfebovab's Love is like his Nature free, 

Nor muft his Creature challenge his Decree. 

But low at Sovereign Grace's Footftool creep, 

Whofe Ways are fearchlefs, and his Judgments deep. 

Yet Grace's Suit meets with Refinance rude 

From haughty Souls ; for lack of innate Good 

To recommend them. Thus the backward Bride 

Affronts her Suitor with her modeft Pride, 

Black Hatred for his offer'd Love repays, 

Pride under Mask, of Mpdefty" displays ; 

In part wcu'd lave hrrfelr, h~nce fancy Soul ! 

Rejedls the matchlefs Mate would fave in whole. 


S E C T II. 

Conviction of Sin and TVrath, carried on more deeply 
and cffeclually on the Heart. 

SO proudly froward is the Bride, and now 
Stern Heaven begins to ftare with cloudier Brow; 
Law-Curies come with more condemning Power, 
To fcorch her Confcience whh a fiery Shower, 
And more refulgent Flafhes darted in ; 
For by the Law the Knowledge is of Sin* 9 


* Rom. iii. 20. 

Part. I. The Believer's Efpoufals. i g 

Black Sinai thundering louder than before, 

Does awful in her lofty Boibm roar. 

Heaven's furious Storms now rife from every * Airth 9 

In ways more terrible tojhake the Earth f, 

'Till Haughtinefs of Men be funk thereby , 

That Chrift alone may be exalted high. 

Now ftable Earth feems from her Centre toft, 

And lofty Mountains in the Ocean loft. 

Hard Rocks of Flint, and hawghty Hills of Pride, 

Are torn in pieces by the roaring Tide. 

Each Flafh of new Conviction's lucid Rays 

Heart-Errors undifcern'd 'till now difplays, 

Wrath's mafly Cloud upon the Confcience breaks, 

And thus menacing Heaven, in Thunder fpeaks ; 

<c Black Wretch, thou madly under-foot haft trod 

" Th' Authority of a commanding God; 

<c Thou, like thy Kindnra that in Adam fell, 1 

" Art but a Law-reve'. iing Lump of Hell, > 

M And there by Law and juftice doom'd to dwell. J 

Now, now, the daunted Bride her State bewails, 

And downward furls her felf-exalting Sails ; 

With pungent Fear, and piercing Terror brought, 

To mortify h°r /o'ty legal Thought. 

Why, the Commandment comes, Sin is revivd y 

That lay fo hid, while to the Law fte liv'd j 

Infinite Majefty in God is feen, 

And infinite Malignity in Sin : 

That to its Expiation muft amount, 

A Sacrifice of infinite Account. 

Juftice its dire Severity difplay?, 

The Law its vaft Dimensions open lays. 

She fees for this broad Standard nothing meet, 

Save an Obedience finlefs and complete. 

Her Cob-web Righteoufnefs once in Renown, 

Is with a happy Vengeance now fwept down. 


* Wind. f Ifa. ii. 17, 19. 

20 Gospel Soknets. 

She who cf daily Faults could once hut prate, 

Sees now her iinfu', miserable State. 

Her Heart, where once (he thought feme Good to 

The Devil's Cab'net fill'd with Trafh of Hell. 
Her boafted Features now unmasked bare, 
Her vaunted Hopes are piung'd in deep Defpair. 
Her haunted Shelter-houfe in by-part Ycai 
Comes tumbling dc 

Her former rotten Faith, Love, Penitence, 
She fees a boning Wall, a tottering F: 
Excellencies of Thought, : , and Deed, 

All fwimrning, drowning in a Sea of Dread : 
Her Beau Deformity (he deems, 

Her Heart rrvch blacker than the Devil feems. 
With ready Lips (he c^n berfelf declare, 
The vileft ever hreatVd hi vital Air. 
Her former Hopes, as Refugees of Lies, 
Are f'Vrp: iway, and all her Boafting dies. 
She once imagin'd He; - unjuft, 

To damn fo many Lumps of human Duft 
Form' v. elf; but now ..(he owns it true, 

Damnation furelv is the Signer's Due: 
Yea, now applauds the K wcUf 

That tg Hell; 

D cquit, 

Herfelf ad 

HerLangu ge, : - Oh! If God condemn, I muft 
Fr m of my S^ul declare him juft. 

nation me em' 

pa the Pit he to the Throne me raife, 
I'll rival Ajgel 

If He Heaven he bring, 

No Heart fp glad, n ) Tongue fo loud (hall fing, 


« My 

;Part I. The Believer* s Efpoufals. 2. 

" My Works but Sin, my Merit Death I fee, 
! <c Oh ! Mercy, Mercy, Mercy ! pity me." 
Thus all telf-jultifying Pleas are dropp'd, 
iMoil guilty fhe becomes, her Mouth is ftopp'd. 
Pungent Remorfe does her pad Conduct blame, 
And rlulh her confcious Cheek with fpreading Shame. 
Her felf-conceited Heart is felf convict, 
With barbed Arrows of Compunction prick'd : 
Wonders, how Juftice fpares her vital Breath, 
How patient Heav'n adjourns the Day of Wrath. 
| How pliant Earth does not with open Jaws 
^Devour her, Koratb-like, for equal Caufe ; 
[How yawning Hell that gapes forfuch a Prey, 
lis fruitrate with a farther Hour's delay. 
.She that could once her mighty Works exa^, 
And boafl: Devotion fiam'd without a Fault ; 
Extol her natural Powers, is now brought down, 
Her former Madnefs, not her Powers, to own. 
Her prefent beggar'd State, moft void of Grace, 
Unable even to wail her woeful Cafe, 
. Quke powerlefs to believe, repent, or pray, 
Thus i 3 ride of Duties flies and dies away. 
She, like a harden'd Wretch, a ftupid Stone, 
Lies in the Dull, and cries, Undone, Undone. 

'SE c t. in'. 

The deeply bumbled Soul relieved with feme faving 
D'fcoveries gf CHRIST the Redeemer. 

\\T HEN thus the wounded Bride perceives full well 

Herfelf the viieft Sinner out of Hell, 
The blacked Monfter in the Univerfe: 
rPeuiive if Clouds of Woe ihall e'er difperfe. 


22 Gospel Sonnets. 

When in her BreaftHeavVs Wrath fo fiercely glows, 

'Twixt Fear and Guilt her Bones have no repofe. 

When flowing Billows of amazing Dread, 

Swell to a Deluge o'er her finking Head ; 

When nothing in her Heart is found to dwell, 

But horrid Atheifm, Enmity and Hell ; 

When endlefs Death and Ruin feem at hand, 

And yet (he cannot for her Soul command 

A Sigh to eafe it, or a gracious Thought, 

Tho' Heav'n could at this petty Rate be bought. 

When Darknefs and Confufion overcloud, 

And unto black Defpair Temptations croud ; 

When wholly without Strength to move or ftir, 

And not a Star by Night appears to her : 

But friz, while to the Brim her Troubles flow, 

Stands trembling on the utmoft Brink of Woe. 

Ah weary Cafe ! But lo ! in this fad Plight 
The Sun arifes with furprizing Light. 
The darken 1 Midnight is his ufual Time 
Of rifing and appearing iosJbis Prime. 
To (hew the Hills from whence Salvation fprings, 
And chafe the gloomy Shades with golden Wings, 
The glorious Husband now unveils his Face, 
And ihews his Glory full of Tru h and Grace j 
Frefents unto the Bride in that dark Hour, 
Himfelfa Saviour, both by Price and Power: 

hty Helper to .redeem the Loft, 
Relieve and ranfom to the uttermoft.' 
To ieek the vagrant Sheep to Dcferts driven, 
And fave i veft Hell to h'rgheft Heaven. 

Her dole; he ices, his Bowels move, 

And make her Time of Need his Time of Love. 
He thews, to p mfelf her mighty Shield, 

lame is J £ S U S, by his Father feal'd - y 
A Name with Attributes engrav'd within, 
To fave from every Attribute of Sin. 


Part I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 23 

With JVifdom Sin's great Folly to expofe, 

And Righteoufnefi its Chain of Guilt to loofe, 

S an cl if cat ion to fubdue its Sway^ 

Redemption all its woful Brood to flay. 

Each golden Letter of his glorious Name, 

Bears full Deliv'rance both from Sin and Shame. 

Yea, not Privation bare from Sin and Woe, "J 

But thence all pofitive Salvations flow, C. 

To make her wife, J u r-> holy, happy too. J 

Ke now appears a Match exactly meet, 

To make her every way in him compute, 

In whom the. FuJnefs cf the Godhead dwells , 

That (he may boaft in him, and nothing elfe. 

In Gofpel-Lines fhe now perceives the Dawn 

Of Jefus y Love with bloody Pencil drawn ; 

How God in him is infinitely pleas'd, 

And Heav'n's revenging Fury whole appeas'd : 

Law-Precepts magnify 'd by her Belov'd, 

And ev'ry Let to ftop the Match remov'd. 

Now in her View her Prifon.gates break ope, 

Wide to the Walls flies up the Door of Hope ', 

And now (he fees with PJeafure unexprefs'd 

For fhatter'd Barks a happy Shore of Reft. 


The Workingi of the Spirit of Faith in fepa rating the 
Heart from all Self- Righteoufnefi and drawing out 
its Confent to, and Defire after, Christ alone 
and wholly. 


H E Bride at Sinai little underftood, ^ 

How thefe Law-humblings were defign'd for ( 
good, (* 

T'enhanfe the Value of her Husband's Blood. 

'ride's ; > 
lides, 3 

24 Gospel Sonnets. 

The Tower of tottering Pride thus batter'd down, 

Makes way for Chrift alone to wear the Crown. 

Conviction's Arrows pierc'd her Heart that fo, 

The Blood from hk pierc'd Heart to her's might flow. 

The Law's {harp Plough tears up the Fallow Ground, 

Where not a Grain of Grace was to be found, 

Till ffraight perhaps behind the Plough is fown, 

The hidden Seed of Faith, as yet unknown. 

Hence now the once reju&£nt Bride's inclin'd 

To give the Gofpel an ajjinting Mind^ 

Difpos'd to take, would Grace the Pow'r impart, 

Heav'n's Offer with a free conferring Heart. 

His Spirit in the Gofpel-Chariot rides, 

And (hews his loving Heart to draw the Br 

Tho' oft in Clouds his drawing Pow'r he hi« 

His Love in gracious Offers to her bears, 

In kindly Anfwers to her D ubts and Fears, 

Refolving all Objections more or lefs 

From former Sins, or prefent WortbleiThe fs. 

Perfwades her Mind of s conjugal Con fen t, 

And then impowers her Heart to fay, Content. 

Content to be divorced from the Law, 

No more the Yoke of Legal Terms to draw. 

Content that he diflblve tl e former Match, 

And to himfe'if alone her Heart attach. 

Content to join with Chrift at any rate, 

And wed him as her ever lairing Mate. 

Content that he mould ever wear the Bays, 

And of her whole Salvation have the Praife. 

Content that he (hobld rie, t; o' fhe mould fall, 

And to be Nc thing, that he may be All. 

Content thai he, becaufe (he nought can do^ 

Do for her all her Work, and in her too. 

■ aVS, 

That ^ <~o all the Work, get all the Praife. 


Part I. The Believers EJptuJak* 25 

And now (he is, which ne'er till now took phcc, 
Content intirely to be fav'd by Grace. 
She owns that her Damnation juft would be, 
And therefore her Salvation muft be free : 
That nothing being her's but Sin and Thrall, 
She muft be Debtor unto Grace for All. 

Hence comes (he to him in her naked Cafe, L**~ 
To be inverted with his Rightcoufnefs. 
She comes as guilty, to a Pardon free ; 
As vile znd filthy, to a cleanfitig Sea : 
As poor and empty, to the richeft Stock; 
As weak and feeble, to the ftrongeft Rock : 
As perifhing, unto a Shield from Thralls 
As worfe than Nothing to an All in Ail. 
She, as a blinded Mole, an ignorant Fool, 
Comes for Inftrucliors to the Prephefs School. 
She, with a Hell-defervmg corifeious Breafr, 
Flees for Atonement to the worthy Prieji. 
She, as a Slave to Sin and Satan, wings 
Her Flight for Help unto.the King of Kings, 
She all her Maladies and Plagues brings forth 
To this Phyfician of eternal Worth. 
She fpreads before his Throne'her filthy Sore. 
And lays her broken Bones down at his Door. 
No Mite (he has to buy a crumb of Blifs, 
And therefore comes impoverifh'd as fhe is. 
By Sin and Satan of all Good bereft, 
Comes e'en as bare as they* her Soul have left. 
To Senfe, as free of Holinefs within, v 
As Chriji, the fpotlefs Lamb, was free from Sin. 
She comes by Faith, true; but it (hews her Want, 
And brings her as a Sinner, not a Saint, 
A wretched Sinner flying for her Good 
To Juftifying, Sanctifying Blood. 
Strong Faith no Strength nor Power of acting vaunts, 
But acts in Senfe of Weaknefs and of Wants. 

C Drains 

z6 Gospel Sonnets. 

Drain' J now of every Thing that Men may call J 
Terms and Conditions of Relief from Thrall; >■ 
t Jefus be her All. J 

.1 to the Bride he gives efpoufing Faith, 

It finds her under Sin and Guilt and Wrath, 
And makes her as a plagued Wretch to fall 
1 for the Cure of AD. 
tion now in him the feeks, 
ing thus perhaps in fecret fpeaks. 
4; Lo ! all my Burdens may in him be eas ? d m y 
:e I offended he has pleas'd ; 
«< The B'ifs that I have forfeit he procur'd ; 

:c Curfe that I deferved he endui'd ; 
<•<- that I have broken he obey'd ; 

<c ] [ I contracted he has paid : 

:ch unfit f . r him I be, 
4c j iy moft fit fcr me, 

*< Sweet Lord, 1 th ; nk, wouldft thcu thy felf im« 

r art > 

iC I\l welcome thee wirh op r n Hand ana Heart ; 

" But thou that Priqpg, mufl Lveby Power; 

*k Ofend ih in a fiery Shower, 

n re zen Heart of mine to thaw, 

" TTjatnou : :icls cf burningLove, can draw. 

<; r _•. Lord, then will I run to thee, 

<c ^ i ,to thy glowing Bcfom flee. 

'< I mv feif a roafs of Sin and HtlL 

«'« A Brat that can do<nothing but rebel 

" But didji thcu vet, as fa-cred Pages (hew*, 

" /When nfing i A the Hellith Crew, 

,: Xhat^byThoufends., Sinners captive made, 

, conquering Chains them captive led) 


« Gifts, Grm ' , 

b Ahn onprmer brcunts. 

Part I. The Believer 's Efpoufah. 27 

<,i O then let me a Rebel now come fpeed, 

<c Thy holy Spirit is the Gift I need. 

" His precious Graces too, the glorious Grant, 

ct Thcu kindly promis'd, and I greatly want. 

cc Thou art exalted 'to the higheft Place, 

u To give Repent ence forth and every Grace. 

u O Giver of Spiritual Life and Breath, 

u The Author and the Finijber of Faith ; 

cc Thou Husband like mull every thing provide, 

M If e'er the like of me becomes thy Bride." 

S E C T. V. 

Faith's View of the Freedom of Grace, cordial Return- , 
ciation of all its own Ragged Rigbteottfnefs, 

Formal Acceptance of and cloftng with the Per /on of 
Glorious Christ. 

TH E Bride with op§n Eyes that once were dim 
Sees now her whole Salvation lies in him ; 
The Prince, who is not in difpenfmg nice, 
Burt freely gives without her Pains or Price, 
This magnifies the Wonder in her Eye, 
Who not a Farthing has wherewith to buy ; 
For now her humbled Mind can difavovv 
Her boafted Beauty and affurning Btfowj 
With conscious Eye difcern her Emptinefe, 
With candid Lips her Poverty confefs. 
" O Glory to the Lord that Grace is "free, 
44 Elfe never would it light on guilty me. 
44 I nothing have with me to be its Price, 
" Butheliihh Blacknefs, Enmity -and Vic 
In former times die durft prefuming come, 
To Grace's Market with a petty Sum 
Of Duties, Prayers, Tears, a boafted Set, 
Expecting Heaven would thus be in her 

28 Gospel Sonnets, 

Thefe were the Price, at leaft fhe did fuppofe, 

She'd be the wdcomer becaufe of thofe : 

But now fce ices the Vilenefs of her Vo^ue, 

The Dung that clofe doth every Duty clog, 

The Sin that doth her Holinefs reprove, 

The Enmity that clofe attends her Love, 

The great Heart-hardnefs of her Penitence, 

The ftupid Dulnefs of her vaunted Senfe, 

The Unbelief of former blazed Faith, 

The utter Nothingnefs of all fhe hath. 

The Blacknefs of her Beauty (he can fee, 

The pompous Pride of flrain'd Humility, 

The Naughtinefs of all her Tears and Prayers ; 

And now renounces All as worthlefs Wares; 

And finding nothing to commend her felf, 

But what might damn her, her embezled Pelf j 

At Sovereign Grace's Feet does proftrate fall 

Content to be in "Jtfus debt for All. 

Her noifed Virtues vanifh out of Sight, 

As {tarry Tapers at Meridian Light \ 

While fweetly, humbly (he beholds at length, 

Chrift, as her only Righteoufnefs and Strength. 

He with the View throws down his loving Dart, 

Jmpreft witif Power into her tender Heart. 

The deeper that the Law's fierce Dart was thrown, 

The deeper now the Dart of Love goes down : 

Hence fweetly pain'd, her Cries to Heaven do flee; 

* c O none but Jtfits, none but Cbrljl for me, 

*• O glorious Cbriji, O Beauty, Beauty rare! 

* c Ten Thoufand Thoufand Heav'ns are not fo fair. 

*' In him at once all Beauties meet and fhine, 

Ai The White and Ruddy, Human and Divine, 

*< As in his Low, he's in his High Abode, 

£C The brighten: Image of the unfeen God, 

£C How juftly do the Harpers fing above, 

** Hi's Doing, Dying, Rifing, Reigning Love. 

2 li How 

Part I. The Believer r s Efpoufals. 2g 

" Howjuft'y does he, when his Work is done,. 
<c Pofleisthc Centre of his Father's Throne ? 
' c How juftly does his awful Throne before, 
u Seraphick Armies proftrate, him adore ; 
" That's both by Nature and Donation crown'd, 
<c With all the Grandeur of the Godhead round ? 

cc But wilt thou, Lord, in very Deed come dwell 
C€ With me, that was a burning Brand of Hell ? 
f< With me, fo juftly reckon'd worfe and lefs 
u Than infeft, Mite, or Atom can exprefs ? 
€t Wilt thou debafe thy high Imperial Form, 
" To match with fuch a mortal, crawling Worm? 
cc Yea, fure thine Errand to our Earthly Coaft, 
<c Was in deep Love to feek and fave the Loft : 
4C And fince thou deign' ft the like of me to wed, 
u O come and make my Heart thy Marriage- Bed. 
" Fair Jefus, wilt thou marry filthy me I 
" Amen, Amen, Amen \ fo let it be. 

NY/X \J*X ^<r/ \JW VT/X W'/ V*5* "'/, \"'X Sf'4 jM& . S*K \y/x v.v/y v»/> S v/^. v v/y yy,/ : ^ f/ W/ 


The Fruits of the Believer's Marriage with 
Christ, particularly Gofpel-Holinefs and 
Obedience to the Law as a Rule. 


Tfie fiveet Solemnity of the Marriage now over, and 
the fad Ejfefts of the Remains of a legal Spirit, 

THE Match is made, with little Din 'tis done, 
But with great Power, unequal Prizes won* 
The Lamb has fairly won his worthlefs Bride j 
She her great Lord, and all his Score befide. 

C 3 He 

30 Gospel Sonnets. 

He made the pooreft Bargain, tho' moil Wife, 
And She the Fool, has won the worthy Prize. 
Deep Floods of everlafting Love and Grace, 
That under Ground ran an Eternal Space, 
Now rife aloft 'bove Banks of Sin and Hell, 
And o'er the Tops of mafiy Mountains fweli. 

■".reams of BlooJ are Towers of Guilt p 'er flown ^ 
Down with the rapid purple Current thrown. 
The Bride now, as her All can Jefus own, 
proftrate at his Foo:ftool caft her Gown, 
liming all her former groundlefs Hope, 
While in the Dark her Soul did weary grope. 
Down tumble all the Hills of Self-conceit, 
In him alone flie fees her felf complete; 
Does his fa i Pei foe with fond Arms embrace,- 
:,H her Hopes on his full Merit place; 
(card her former Mate, and henceforth draw 
jCiation from the Law, 
1 thus her new- created Nature foars, 
aloft on Jefus' heav'nly Stores ; 
. pt to ftray, her old adu't'rous Heart 
s her old renounced Husband's part: 

up ingrain'd 
e human Nature laps'd and ftain'd, 
it'tifl her Spirit mount the pureft Clime, 
She's never'totaliy divore'd in time. 

in her corrupt part's proud Bofom lurks, 
Seme Hope of Life ftill by the Law of Worb. 
Hence flow the following Evils more or lefs ; 1 
: oft her partial holy Drefs, £ 

'.er Husband's perfect Righteoufnefs. 3 

He; ore in Grace already given, 

in "her Head and Stock that's all'in Heaven. 
yrieving more the want of Frames and 
Than of bimfclf the Spring of all Solace. 


Part I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 32 

Hence Guilt her Soul imprifons, Lufts prevail, ^ 
While to the Law her Rents infolvent fail, v, 

And yet her faithlefs Heart rejects her Husband's C 
Bail, ^ J 

Hence Scul-Diforders rife, and racking Fears, 
While doubtful of his clearing pail: Arrears. 
Vain dreaming, fmce her own Obedience fails, 
His likewife little for her Help avails. 

Hence Duties are a Task, while all in View 
Is heavy Yokes of Laws, or old or new : 
Whereas, were once her legal Biafs broke, 
Sh'd find her Lord's Commands an eafy Yoke. 
No galling Precepts on her Neck he lays, 
Nor any Debt demands, fave what he pays 
By promis'd aid : But lo ! the grievous Law 
Demanding Brick, won't aid her with a Straw. 

Hence ahb fretful grudging, Difcontent, 1 

Crav'd bv the Lav/, finding her Treafure fpent, > 
And doubting if her Lord will pay the Rent. 5 

Hence Pride of Duties too does often fwell, 
Prefuming (he perform *d fo very well. 

Hence Pride of Graces and inherent Wor h, 
Springs from her corrupt legal Biafs forth j 
And boafting more a prefect withering Frames 
Than her Exalted Lord's unfading Name. 

Hence many Falls and Plunges in the Mire, 
As many new Converfions do require : 
Becaufe her faithlefs Heart's fad Follies breed 
Much lewd Departure from her living Head, 
Who to reprove her aggravated Crimes, 
Leaves her abandon'd to her felf at Time? ; 
That falling into frightful Deeps, (he may 
From fad Experience learn more Strefs to lay 
Not on her native Efforts ;"but at length 
On Chrift alone, her Righfeoufhefs and Strength: 
Confcious while in her Works (he feeks Jtepc 
Her lesial Spirit breeds her many Woes. 

C 4 SECT. 

?z Gospel Sonnets. 



Faith's Victories ever Sin and Satan, through new 
and farther Dif cover ies of Christ, making Be- 
lievers mere fruitful in Holinefs than all other Pre- 
tenders to Works. 

TH E Gofpel-Path leads Heav'nward, hence the 
Hell- Powers ftill puih the Bride the Legal-Way. 
So hot the War, her Life's a troubled Flood, 
A Field of Battle, and a Scene of Blood. 
But he that once commene'd the Work fn her, 
Whofe working Fingers drop the fweetefl Myrrh* 
Will ftill advance it by alluring Force, 
And, from her ancient Mate, more clean Divorce : 
Since 'tis her antiquated Spoufe the Law, 
The Strength of Sin and Hell did on her draw. 
-meai (he finds Hell's mighty Force abate, 
By new Recruits from her almighty Mate. 

fent from Grace's Magazine, 
kes her proclaim Eternal War with Sin. 
The Shield of Faith dipt in the Surety's Blood, 
Drowns fiery Darts, as in a crimfon FFod. 
The Captain's ruddy Banner lifted high, 
Makes Hell retire, and all the Furies fly. 
Yea, of his Glory every recent Glance, 
Makes Sin decay, and Holinefs advance. 
In krndnefs therefore does her heav'nly Lord 
Renew'd Difcoveries of his Love afford, 
That her enamour \i Sou] may with the View, 
Bz caft into his holy Mould anew : 
Fur when hvj manifefts his glorious Grace, 
The failing Favour of bis mailing Face, 


Part I. The Believer's Efpcufak. 33 

Into his Image fair transforms her Soul *, 

And wafts her upward to the Heav'nly Pole, 

From Giory unto Glory by Degrees, 

Till Vifion and Fruition (hall fuffice. 

And thus in holy Beauty ft/us' Bride 

Shines far beyond the painted Sons of Pride, 

Vain Merit Vouchers, and their fubtile Apes, 

In all their moft rcfin'd, dtlufive {hapes. 

No lawful Child is ere the Marriage born, 

Tho* therefore Virtues feignM their Life adorn. 

The Fruit they bear is but afpurious Brood, 

Before this happy Marriage be made good. 

And 'tis not ft range, for from a corrupt Tree 

No Fruit divinely good produced can be. 

But lo, the Bride graft in the living Root, 

Brings forth moft precious aromatic Fruit. 

When her new Heart and her new Hufband meet, 

Her fruitful Womb is like a Heap cf Wheat ^ 

Befet tvitb fragrant Lilies round ahout\ y 

All divine Graces, in a comely Rout, 

Burning within, and fhining bright without. 

And thus the Bride, as facred Scripture faith, 

When dead unto the Law through Jtfus 9 Death J, 

And matched with bim 9 bears to her God and Lord 

Accepted Fruit with Incenfe pure decor' d. 

Freed from Law-debt, and cleft with Gofp.d-eafe, 

Her Work is now her deareft Lord to pleafe, 

By living on him a. her ample Stock, 

And leaning to him as her potent Rock. 

The Fruit, that each Law-wedded mortal brings, 

To felf accreafes, as from felf it fprings. 

So bafe a Rife muii have a bafe Recourfe, 

The Stream cm mount no higher than its Sourre. 

But J ejus can his Bride's fweet Fruit commend, 

As brought from him the Root, to him the End. 

C 5 < She 

* 2 Cor. iii, 18, f Cant. vii. 2, $ Rom, vii. 4, 

Gospel is. 

] w, 
and OMEQA too.. 
: crowns; 
Thus, calces berWay, 

Dawn of Glory's Day. 


as a 
'; Faith unfruitful 

ft this Go'pel Theme : 
Let S I ;: Envy grin ai 


• Force, 
Law a dean Divorce, 


D:. : 
We fyi 

n with bolieft Fiafh; 
• Trafh. 
the Law command?. 


ie Hand. 


Part I. The Believer's Efpoufak. 35 

Mankind is bound Law-Service ftill to pay, 
Yea Angel-kind is alfo bound t' obey, 
fit may by Human and Angelick Blaze 
Have Honour, but in finite partial ways. 
Thefe Natures have its Luftre once defac'd, 
'Twill be by part of both for ay difgrac'd. 
Yet had they all ohfequious ftood and true, 
Thev'd given the Law no more than Homage due. 
But Faith gives't Honour yet more grea f , more oJd, 
The high, the humble Service of its God. 

Again to view the holy Law's Command, 
As lodged in a Mediator's Hand ; 
Faith gives it Honour, as a Ru.e of Life ', 
And makes the Bride the Lamb's obedient W fe, 
Due Homage to the Law thofe never did, 
To whom th' Obedience pure of Faith is bid. 
Faith works by Love, and fur; fits the Heart, 
And Truth advances in the inward Part; 
On carnal Hearts imprefies divine Stamps. 
And fully'd Lives inverts to Alining Lamps. 
From Abram 9 & Seed that are moft ftrong in Faith, 
The Law moft Honour, God moft Giorv hath. 
But due Reflect to neither can be found, 1 

Where Unbelief ne'er got a mortal Wound, > 

To ftill the Virtue-vaunter's empty Sound. 3 

Good Works he boafts, a Path he never trod, 
Who is not yet the Workmanjhip of God * ; 
Ln Jefus thereunto created new, 

Nois'd Works that fpring not hence are but a Shew. 
True Faith that's of a noble divine Race, 
Is ftill a holy, fandttfyrng Grace; 
And greaver Honour to the Law does (hire, 
Than Boafters all that breathe the vital Air. 
E'en Heathen Morals vaftly may out-fhine 
The Works that flow not from a Faith divine. 

C 6 Pretentions 

* Ejh, ii. io. 

36 Gospel So x r z r s, 

Pretenfions h'gh to Faith a Number have, 
B.t ah ! it :s a Faith that cannot Lave : 
4 - IVe trt'JTj fay they, in Chriji % we hope in Gc:: y 
N >r blufh to blaze their rotten Faith abroad. 
Nor try the Truft of which they make afhew, 
If of a faving or a damning Hue. 
They own their Sins are ill ; true, but 'tis fad 
T hey never thought their Faith and Hope were bad. 
Ho-v eviuent's their home-bred nat'ral Blaze, 
V ho dream they have believ'd well all their days ; 
Yet never felt their Unbelief, nor knew 

. .,: of Power their Natures to renew ? 
Sbuts boaft of Faith, yet live in Sin, 
hence conclude their Faith is to begin : 
Or know they (hall, by fuch an airy Faith, 
Believe themfelves to everiailing Wrath. 

.h that nor leads to goad, nor keeps from /:7, 
Will never lead to Beav'n nor keep from HelL 
The Body without Breath is decd\ ; no lefs 
Is Faith without the Works of Holinefj. 
How -are is faving Faith, when Faith is crammed 
With fuch as will believe and yet be damn'd j 
Believe the Gofpel* yet with dread and awe 
Have never truly firft believ'd the Law. 
That matters (hall be well, they hope too foofl* 
Who never yet have fecn they were undone. 
Can of Salvation their Belief be true, 
Who never yet believ'd Damnation due ? 
C n thefe 0?' endlels Life have folid Faith, 

er fcar'd Law-Threats of endlefs Death I 
Nay', fa I a'nt yet to the healing Shore, 

1 never felt their finful, woful Sore, 
tgin-ry Faith is but a Blind, 
T? no Fruit but of a deadly kind ; 

can frop\ fuch a *r!d imwholfctti Root, 
The leail production rife of living Fruit. 

f 1 avi. ii. 26, 

Part I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 27 

But faving Faith can fijch an Offspring breed, 

Her native Product is a holy Seed. 

The faireft Iflues of the vital Breath, 

Spring from the fertile Womb of Heav'n-born Faith 5. 

Yet boafts (he nothing of her own, but brings 

Auxiliaries from the King of Kings, 

Who graves his roya! Law in rocky Hearts, 

And g-acious Ail in foft'ning Showers imparts : 

Thus gives prolifick Virtue to the Faith, 

Infpir'd at firft by his almighty Breath. 

Hence fetching all her Succours from abroad, 

She fti'l employs this mighty Power of God. 

Drained clean of native Powers and legal Aims, 

No Strength but in and from Jehovah claims, 

And thus her Service to the Law o'ertops 

The tow'ring Zeal of Pharifaick Fops. 


The Believer only, being marry 9 d to Christ,, is jufti- 
fied and fanttified, and the more Go/pel Freedom 
from the Law as a Covenant^ the more holy Con- 
formity to it as a Rule. 

THUS doth the Husband by his Father's Will 
Both for and in his Bride the Law fulfil: 
For her, as 'tis a Covenant, and then 
In her, as 'tis a Rule of Life to Men, 
Firft al! Law-Debt he moft completely pays. 
Then of Law-Duties all the Charge defrays. 
Does firft affurne her Guilt, and loofe her Chains., 
And then with iiving Water warn her Stains ; 
Her Fund reft ore, and then her Form repair, 
And make hi^ filthy Bride a Beauty fair ; 
His p rfect PJghteouihefs moft freely grants 
And then his holy Image deep implant. 


38 Gospel Sonnets. 

Into her Heart his precious Seed in- drop, 
Which in his Time will yield a glorious Crop. 
But by alternate Turns his Plants he brings, 
Through robbing Winters and repairing Springs. 
Hence pining oft, they fuffer fad Decays, 
By dint of fhady Nights and ftormy Days. 
But bleft with Sap, and Influence from above, 
They live and grow anew in Faith and Love ; 
Until tranfplanted to the higher Soil, 
Where Furies tread no more, nor Foxes fpoil. 
While Chrift, the living Root, remains on high, 
The noble Plant of Grace can never die ; 
Nature decays, and fo will all the Fruit, 
That meerly rifes on a mortal Root. 
Their Works, however fplendid, are but dead, 
That from a living Fountain don't proceed ; 
That faireft Fruit is but a garnifh'd Shrine, 
Thefe are not grafted in the glorious Vine. 
Devouteft Hypocrites are rank'd in Rolls 
Of painted Puppets, not of living Souls. 

No Offspring but of Chrift's fair Bride is good, 
This happy Marriage has a holy Brood, 
Let Sinners learn his Myftery to read, 
We bear to glorious Chrift no precious Seed, 
'Till through the Laiv 9 we to the Law be dead *. 
No true Obedience to the Law but forced, 
Can any yield 'till from the Law divorc'd. 
Nor to it, as a Rule, is Homage given, 
'Ti\\ from it, as a Covenant, Men be driven. 
Yea more,jtiIl once they this Divorce attain, 
Divorce from Sin they but attempt in vain y 
The curfed Yoke of Sin they bafely draw, 
'Till once unyoked from the curfing Law. 
Sin's full Dominion keeps it's native Place, 
While Men are under Law, not under Grace j. 


* Gal. ii. 19. 

f Rom, vi. 14. 

Part. I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 39 

For mighty Hills of Enmity won't move, 

'Till touch'd by conquering Grace and mighty Love*. 

Were but the Gofpel-fecret " n ^ |, ^^ J - ^ 

How God can pardon where he fees no good ; 
How Grace and Mercy free, that can't be bought, 
Reign through a Righteoufnefs already wrought : 
Were woful reigning Unbelief depos'd, 
Myfterious Grace to blinded Minds difclos'd : 
Did Heav'n with Gofpel-news its Power convey. 
And Sinners hear a faithful God but fay, 
" No more Law-debt remains for you to pay; 
" Lo, by the loving Surety all's difcharg'd," 
Their Hearts behoov'd with Love to be enlarg'd : 
Love, the fuccincT: fulfilling of the Law, 
Were then the eafy Yoke they'd fweetly draw. 
Love would conftrain and to his Service move. 
Who left them nothing elfe to do but Love. 
Slight now his loving Precepts if they can, 
No, no, his conquering Kindnefs leads the Van. 

When everfafting Love exerts the Sway, 
They judge themfelves more kindly bound t' obey, 
Bound by Redeeming Grace in itricter Senfe, 
Than ever Adam was in Innocence. 
Why now they are not bound as formerly, 
To Do and £*W, nor yet to Do or Die-, 
Both Life and Death are put mjefus 9 hands, 
Who urges neither in his kind Commands, 
Not fervile Work their Life and Heaven to win, 
Nor flavifh Labour Death and Hell to fhun. 
Their Aims are purer, fince they underftood 
Their Heaven was bought, their Hell was quench' d 

with Blood. 
The Oars of Gofpel-Service now they fleer, 
Without or legal Hope or flavifh Fear. 

The Bride in fweet Security can dwell, 
Nor boand to purchafe Heav'n nor vanquifh Hell ; 


4° Gospel Sonnets. 

But bound for him the Race of Love to run, 
Whofe Love to her left none of thefe undone ; 
She's bound to be the Lamb's obedient Wife, 
And in his Strength to ferve him, during Life ; 
To glorify his loving Name for ay, 
Who left her not a (ingle Mite to pay 
Of legal Debt ; but wrote for her at large 
In Characters of Blood a full Difcharge. 
Henceforth no fervile Task her Labours prove, 
But grateful Fruits of reverential Love. 


Gcfpel-Gracs giving no Liberty nor Freedom to SilK 
but to holy Service and pure Obedience. 

TH E glorious Husband's Love can't lead the Wife 
To Whoredom or Licentioufnefs of Life ; 
Nay, nay, {he finds his warmeft Love within, 
The hotteft Fire to melt her Heart for Sin. 
His kind Embrace is ftill the ftrongeft Cord, 
To bind her to the Service of her Lord. 
The more her Faith infures this Love of his, 
The more his Law her Delectation is. 
Some dream, thev might, who this AfTurance win,. 
Take Latitude and Liberty to fin, 
Ah ! fuch bewray this Ignorance, and prove, j 

They want the lively Scnfe of drawing Love, L 
And hovv its constraining Force can move, j 
The Aik o: Gra^e came never in to dwell, 
But Dagon-Lufts before it headlong fell. 
Men bafely can unto Lisicivioufnefs 
Ahufe the Doctrine, not the Work of Grace. 
H ggers of Divine Love in Vice's Path, 
Have but the Fancy cf it, not the Fai:b. 


Part I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 41 

' They never foar'd aloft on Grace's Wing, 
That knew not Grace to be a holy Thing : 
When regnant (he the Powers of Hell appalls, 
And Sin's Dominion in the Ruin falls. 
Chri/l is the Crew, whofe Jntimonian Drefs 
Makes Grace a Cover to their Idlenefs. 
The Bride of Chrift w T ill fure be very lo:h, 
To make his Love a Pillow for her Sloth. 
Why, may'nt (he fin the more that Grace abounds* 
Oh, God forbid ! the very Thought confounds- 
When dead unto the Law, file's dead to Sin, 
How can (he any longer live therein ? 
To neither of them is (he now a Slave, 
But (hares the Conqueft of the Great, the Brave* 
The mighty General, her victorious Head, 
Who broke the double Chain to free the Bride. 
Hence prompted how with Gratitude and Love* 
Her chearful Feet in fwift Obedience move. 
Mere flrong the Cords of Love to Duty draw* 
Than Hell and all the Curfes of the Law. 
When with Seraphick Love the Breaft's infpir'd, 
By that are all the other Graces fir'd ; 
Thefe kindling round, the burning Heart and Frame 
In Life and Walk fend forth a holy Flame. 


A Caution to all againfh a legal Spirit ; efc 
pecially to thofe that have a Profeffion with- 
out Power, and Learning without Grace. 


H Y, fays the haughty Heart of Legaliffo* 
Bound to the LawofWorks by naturalTwifts, 

" Why 

42 Gospel Sonnets. 

<c Why fuch ado about a Law-Divorce ? 
cc MensLives are bad, and would you have 'em worfe? 
<c Such Antinomian Stuff with labour'd Toil, 
cc Would human Beauty's native Luftre fpoil. 
cc What Wickednefs beneath the Covering lurks, 
<c That lewdly would divorce us all from Works ? 
cc Why fuch a Stir about the Law and Grace ? 
c * We know that Merit cannot now take place, 
cc And what needs more? "Well, to let Slander crop, 
Be Merit for a little here the Scope. 

Ah ! many learn to lifp in Gofpel-Terms, 
Who yet embrace the Law with legal Arms. 
By wholfom Education fome are taught, 
To own that human Merit now is naught ; 
Who faintly but renounce proud Merit's Name, 
And cleave refin'dly to the Popifh Scheme. 
For graceful Works expecting divine Blifs, 
And when they fail, trull Chrift, for what's amifs* 
Thus to his Righteoufnefs profefs to fly, 
Yet by it ftill would their own Saviours be. 
They feem to Works of Merit bloody Foes, 
Yet feek Salvation as it tuere * by thofe, 
Blind Gentiles found, who did nor feek nor know, 
But Jfral loll it whole who fought it fo. 

Let all that love to wear the legal Drefs, 
Know that as Sin, fo daitard Righteoufnefs 
Has fla ; n its Thoufands, who in tow'ring Pride 
The Righteoufnefs oijefus Chrijl deride. 
A Robe divinely wrought, divinely won, 
Yet caft by Men for Rags that are their own. 

But fome to legal Works feem whole deny'd, 
Yet would by Gofpel-Works be juftify'd, 
By Faith, Repentance, Love, and other fuch 
Thefe Dreamers being Righteous overmuch, 
Like Uzza give the Ark a wrongful Touch. 

Rom, Ix. 32. 


Part. I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 43 

By legal Deeds however gofpeliz'd, 
Can e'er tremendous Juftice be appeas'd ? 
Or Sinners juftify'd before that God, 
Whofe Law is perfect, and exceeding broad ? 
Nay, Faith itfelf that leading Gofpel-Grace, 
! Holds as a Work no juftifying Place. 
Juft. Heav'n to Man for Righteoufnefs imputes 
Not Faith itfelf, or in its Acts or Fruits. 
['But ytfus 1 meritorious Life and Death, 
Faith's proper Object, all the Honour hath. 
From this does Faith derive its glorious Faine^ 
Its great Renown and juftifying Name ; 
Receiving all things, but deferving nought ; 
'By Faith all's begg'd and taken, nothing bought ; 
I Its higheft Name is from the Wedding-Vote, 
So inttrumental in the Marriage-Knot. 
yehovsb lends the Bride in that bieft Hour, 
27/ exceeding Greatnefs of his mighty Power. 
Which fweetly does her Heart-confent command. 
To reach the wealthy Prince her naked Hand, 
For clofe to his Embrace fhe'd never ftir, 
If firft his loving Arms embrac'd not her : 
But this he does by kindlv gradual Chafe, 
Ofroufing, raiftng, teaching, drawing Grace. 
He (hews her in his fweeteft Love-Addrefs, 
His Glory as the Sun of Righteoufnefs. 
At which all dying Glories Earth adorn, 
Shrink like the fick Moon at the wholfom Morn. 
This glorious Sun arifing with a Grace, 
Dark Shades of Creature-Righteoufnefs to chafe, 
Faith now difclaims itfelf, and all the Train ^ 

Of Virtues formerly accounted Gain ; > 

And counts them Dung, with holy, meek Difdain. J 
For now appears the Height, the Depth immenfe 
Of divine Bounty and Benevolence ; 
Amazing Mercy ! ignorant of Bounds ! 
Which molt enlarged Faculties confounds, 

44 Gospel Sonnets. 

How vain, how void now feem the vulgar Charms, 
The Monarch's Fomp of Courts, and Pride of Arms^ 
The boafted Beauties of the Human Kind, 
The Powers of Body, and the Gifts of Mind ? 
Lo ! in the Grandeur x&hrtmanueTi Train, 
All's fwallow'd up as Rivers in the Main. 
He's ken when Gofpel-Light and Sight is given, 
Encompafs'd round with all the Pomp of Heav'n. 

The Soul now taught of God, fees human Schools 
Make Chriftlefs Rabbi's only literate Fools ; 
And that 'till divine Teaching po verful draw, 
No Learning will divorce them from the Law. 
Mere Argument may clear the Head, and forcr- 
A verbal, not a cordial clean Divorce. 
Hence manv taught the whoifom Terms of Art, 
Have Gofpel-Head^, but ftill a legal Heart. 
'Till Sovereign Grace and Power the Sinner catch, 
He takes not J ejus for his only Match. 
Nay, Works complete, ah ! true, however odd, 
Dead Works are Rivals with the living God. 
'Till Heav'n's preventing Mercy clear the Sight, 
Confound the Pride with fupernatural Light ; 
No haughty Sou! of human kind is brought 
To mortify her felf-exalting Thought. 

Yet hol'ieft Creatures in Clay-Tents that lodge, 
Be but their Lives fcann'd by the dreadful Judge \ 
How (hall they e'er his awful Search endure, 
Before whofe pvreft Eves Heav'n is not pure? 
HoWmufr their black Indictment be enlarg'd, 
When by him Angeh are with Folly charg'd ? 
What human Worth fnall ftand, when he (hall fcan ? 
O may his Glory ftain the Pride of Man. 

How wond'rous are the Tracks of Divine Grace, 
How fearchlefs are his ways, how vaft th 5 Abyfs ? 
Let haughty Reafon flop, and fear to leap ? 
Angelick Plummets cannot found the Deep. 


Part I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 45 

With Scorn he turns his Eyes from haughty Kings, 

With Pleafure looks on low and worthleis Things ; 

Deep are his Judgments, fovereign is his Will, 

Let every mortal Worm be dumb, be ftill. 

In vain proud Reafon fwells beyond its Bound, 

God and his Counfels are a Gulf profound, 

An Ocean wherein all our Thoughts are drown'd. 


Arguments and Encouragements to Gofpel- 
Minifters to avoid a legal Strain of Doc- 
trine, and endeavour the Sinner's Match 
with Christ, by Gofpel-mean>. 


A legal Spirit the Root of damnable Errors. 

YE Heralds great, that blow in Name of God 
The filver Trump of Gofpel-Grace abroad 5 
And found by Warrant from the great I A M, 
The Nuptial Treaty with the worthy Lamb : 
Might ye but flop th' unpolifh'd Mufe to brook, 
And from a Shrub an vvholfom Berry pluck ; 
Ye'd take Encouragement from what is faid, 
By Gofpel-means to make the Marriage-Bed, 
And to your glorious Lord a Virgin chafte to wed 
The more proud Nature bears a legal Sway^ 
The more (hould Preachers bend the Gofpel way: 
Oft in the Church arife atftruclive Schifms 
From anti-evangelick Aphorifmss 

A legal 

46 Gospel Sonnets. 

A legal Spirit may be juftly nam'd 

The fertile Womb of every Error damn'd. 

Hence Popery fo connat'ral fince the Fall, 
Makes legal Works like Saviours merit all ; 
Yea, more than Merit on their Shoulder loads, 
To fupererogate like Demi-gods. 

Hence proud Socinians feat their Reafon high, 
'Bove every precious Gofpel-Myftery, 
Its divine Author flab, and without Fear 
The purple Covert of his Chariot tear. 

With thefe run Arian Monfters in a Line, 
All Gofpel-Truth at once to undermine ; 
To darken and delete like helliih Foes, 
The brighteft Colour of the Sharon Rofe. 
At beft its human Red they but decry 
That blot the divine White, the native Dye. 

Hence dare Arminians too with brafen F'ace, 
Give Man'sFree- will theThrone of God's Free-grace; 
Whofe felf-exalting Tenets clearly fhew 
Great Ignorance of Law and Gofpel too. 

Hence Neonomians fpring, as fundry call 
The new Law-makers to redrefs our Fall. 
The Law of Works into Repentance, Faith 
Is chang'd, as their Baxierian Bible faith. 
Shaping the Gofpel to an eafy Law, 
They build their tott'ringHoufe with Hay and Straw; 
Yet hide like Rachel's Idols in the Stuff 
Their legal Hands within a Gofpel-Muff. 

Yea, hence fprings Antlnom'an vile Refufe, 
Whofe grofs Abettors Gofpel Grace abufe ; 
Unskill'd how Grace's filken Latchet binds 
Her Captives to the Law, with willing Minds, 


Part I. T^he Believer's Efpoufah. 47 


A kgal Strain of Doctrine difcovered, and difcarded. 

NO wonder Paul the legal Spirit curfe, 
Of fatal Errors fuch a feeding Nurfe. 
He in Jehovah's great tremendous Name, 
Condemns Perverters of the Gofpel-Scheme. 
He damn'd the Sophift rude, the bahling Priefl 
Would venture to corrupt it in the leaft ; 
Yea, curft the heav'nly Angel down to Hell, 
That daring would another Gofpel tell *. 
Which Crime is charg'd on thefe that dare difpenfc 
The felf-fame Gofpel in another Senfe. 

Chriji is not preach'd in Truth, but in Difguife, 
If his bright Glory half abfconded lies. 
When Gofpel-Soldiers, that divide the Word, 
Scarce brandifh any but the legal Sword. 
While Chrifi the Author of the Law they prefs, 
More than the End of it for Righteoufnefs •> 
Chriji as a Seeker of our Service trace, 
More than a Giver of enabling Grace. 

The King commanding Holinefs they fhow, 

More than the Prince exalted to beftow ; 

Yea, more on Chriji the Sin-Revenger dwell, 
Than Chriji Redeemer both from Sin and Hell. 
With legal Spade the Gofpel Field he delves, 

Who thus drives Sinners in unto themfelves ; 

Halving the Truth that fliould be all reveaPd. 

The fweeteft Part of Chriji is oft conceaPd. 

We Sid Men turn from Sin, but feldom fay, 

Behola the Lamb that takes nil Sin away! 

Chriji by the Gofpel rightly understood, 

Not only treats a Peace, but makes it good. 

Gal i. 7, 8. 


48 Gospel Sonnets. 

Thofe Suitors therefore of the Bride, who hope 

By force to drag her with the legal Rope, 

Nor ufe the drawing Cord of conqu'ring Grace, 

Purfue with flaming Zeal a fruitlefs chafe ; 

In vain lame Doings urge, with folemn Awe, 

To bribe the Fury of the fiery Law : 

With equal Succefs to the Fool that aims 

By paper Walls to bound devouring Flames. 

The Law's but mock'd by their moft graceful Deed, 

That wed not firft the Law-fulfilling Head ; 

It values neither how they wrought nor wept, 

That flight the Ark wherein alone 'tis kept. 

Yet Legalifts, DO, DO, with Ardour prefs, 

And with prepoft'rous Zeal and warm Addrefs 

Would feem the greateft Friends to Holinefs ; 

But vainly (could fuch Oppofites accord) 

Refpecl the Law, and yet reject the Lord. 

They fhew not Jefus as the Way to Blifs, 

But Judas-hke betray him with a Kifs 

Of boafted Work% or meer ProfefTion puft, 

Law-Boaftcrs proving but Law-Breakers oft. 


The Hurtfulnefs of net preaching Christ, and dif- 
tinguijhlng duly between Lazv and G of pel. 

HELL cares not how crude Holinefs be'preach'd, 
If Sinners Match with Cbrijl be never reach'd -, 
Knowing their Holinefs is but a Sham, 
Who ne'er are jtoariy 1 to the Holy Lamb. 
Let Words have never fuch a pi^as fhew, 
And blaze aloft in i de t r's View. 
With facred Arom tick richly fpie'd. 
If they but drown in Silence glorious Chrljl \ 



Part I. The Believer's Efpoujah. 49 

Or, if he may fome vacant Room fupply, 
Make him a Subje£t only by the by, 
They mar true Holinefs with tickling Chat, 
To breed a Baftard Pharifaick Brat. 
They wofully the Gofpel Meflage broke, 
Make fearful Havock of the Matter's Flock ; 
Yet pleafe themfelves and the blind Multitude, 
By whom the Gofpel's little underftood. 

Rude Souls perhaps imagine little Odds 
Between the Legal and the Gofpel Roads, 
But vainly Men attempt to blend the two ; 
They differ more than Chrifl and Afifes do, 
Mofes evangelizing in a Shade, 
By Types the News of Light approaching fpread 5 
But from the Law of Works by him proclaimed, 
No Ray of Gofpel-Grace or Mercy gleam'd. 
By Nature's Light the Law to all is known, 
But lightfom News of Gofpel-Grace to none. 
The Doing Cov'nant now in part or whole, 
Is ftrong to damn, but weak to fave a Soul. 
It hurts and cannot help, but as it tends 
Through Mercy to fubferve fome Gofpel Ends, 
Law-Thundef roughly to the Gofpel tames, 
The Gofpel mildly to the Law reclaims. 
The fiery Law as 'tis a Covenant, 
Schools Men to fee the Gofpel- Aid they want; 
Then Gofpel- A id does fweetly them incline 
Back to the Law as 'tis a Rule divine. 
Heav'n's healing work is oft commene'd with wounds, 
Terror begins what Loving-kindnefs crowns. 
Preachers may therefore prefs the fiery Law, 
To ftrike the Chriftlefs Man with dreadful Awe. 
Law- Threats which for his Sins to Hell depref>, 
Yea damn him for his rotten Righteouiheia; 
That^ while he views the Law exceeding broad, 
He fain may wed the Righteoufhefs of God, 

D But 


S° Go s p el Sonne t $; 

But ah ! to prefs Law- works as Terms of Life, 
Was ne'er the Way to court the Lamb a Wife. 
To urge Conditions in the legal Frame, 
Is to renew the vain old Cov'nant Game* 
The Law is g(wd when lawfully 'tis us'd, 
But moft deftru&ive when it is abus'd. 
They fet not Duties in the proper Sphere, 
Who duly Law and Gofpel don't fevere, 
But under mafly Chains let Sinners lie, 
As Tributaries, or to DO or DIE. 
Nor make the Law a fquaring Rule of Life, 
But in the Gofpel-Throat a Bloody Knife. 

S E C T. IV. 

Damnable Pride and Self- Right eoufnefs fo natural U 
all Men, has little ne/d to be encouraged by Legal 

TH E Legal Path proud Nature loves fo well, 
(Tho' yet 'tis but the cleaned Road to Hell) 
That lo ! e'en thefe that take the foulefl: Ways, 
Whofe Lewdnefs no controlling Bridle flays ; 
If but their drowfy Confcience raife its Voice, 
*Twill fpeak the Law of Works their native Choice, 
And echo to the roufing Sound, ". Ah true ! 
cc I cannot hope to live, unlefs I DO." 
No confcious Breaft of mortal Kind can 'trace 
The Myftery deep of being fav*d by Grace. 
Of this nor is the natural Confcience skill'd ; 
Nor will admit it, when it is reveal'd ; 
Bat pufhes at the Gofpel like a Ram, 
As Proxy for the Law, againfl the Lamb. 

The proud felf-righteous Pharifaick Strain 
Is 5 " Blefl: be God I'm not like other Men ; 

4 4 I read 


Part I. Tbe Believer's Efpoufals. 51 

cc I read and pray, give Alms, I mourn and faft, 
" And therefore hope I'll get to Heav'n at lafl : 
" For tho' from every Sin I be not free, 
c< Great Multitudes of Men are worfe than me. 
t€ I'm none of thofe that fwear, cheat, drink, and 

Thus on the Law he builds his Babel Tower, 

Yea even the vileft curfed Debauchee, 
Will make the Law of Works his very Plea ; 
cc Why, (fays the Rake,) what take you me to be ? 
11 A Turk or Infidel (you lye) I can't 
*< Be term'd fo bafe, but by a Sycophant; 
*' Only I hate to act the whining Saint. 
<c I am a Chriftian true, and therefore bode, 
" It fhall be well with me, I hope in God. 
<€ An't I an honeft man ? yea, 1 defy, 
<c The Tongue that dare affert black to mine Eye." 

Perhaps when the Reprover turns his Back, 
He'll vend the viler Wares o' 's open'd Pack. 
And with his Fellows in a Strain more big, 
u Bid damn the Bafe, uncharitable Whig. 
u Thefe fcoundrel Hypocrites (he'll proudly fay) 
#€ Think none fhall ever merit Heav'n but they. 
*« And yet we may compete with them, for fee 
cc The beft have Blemifhes as well as we. 
Cl We have as good a Heart (we truft) as the f e, 
" Tho' not their vain fuperflous Shew and Blaze, 
*< Bigoted Zealots, whofe foul Crimes are hid, 
<c Would damn us all to Hell, but God forbid* 
" Whatever fiicB a whining Sect profefs, 
* c 'Tia but a nice, morofe, affecled Drefs. 
< 4 And tho* we don't pretend fo much as they, 
" We hope to compafs Heav'n a (horter Way $ 
" We feek God's Mercy, and are all along 
* c Mod free of Malice, and do no Man wrong. 
* c But Whims phantaftick uia'n't our Reads annoy. 
■ That would our focial Liberties deftroy. 

D 2 w Sure, 

* 2 Gospel Sonnet s. 

4 < Sure, right Religion never was defign'd, 

4< To mar the native Mirth of Human Kind. 

4C How weak are thofe that would be thought nonfuch! 

4C How mad, that would be righteous overmuch ! 

4C We have fufficient, tho' we be not cramm'd : 

46 We'll therefore hope the heft, let them be damn'd." 

Ah horrid Talk ! yet fo the legal Strain 
Lards even the Language of the moft Profane. 
Thus dev'lifh Pride o'erlooks a thoufand Faults, 
And on a legal Ground it felf exalts. 
This DO and LIVE, tho' Doing Power be loft, 
In every Mortal is proud Nature's Boaft. 
How does a vain Conceit of Goodnefs fwell 
And feed falfe Hope, amidft the Shades of Hell? 
Shall we who fliould by Gofpel Methods draw, 
Send Sinners to their natural Spoufe the Law ; 
And harp upon the Doing String to fuch, 
Who ignorantly dream they do fo much ? 
Why, thus inftead of courting Chrift a Bride, 
We harden Rebels in their native Pride. 

Much rather ought we in God's Name to place, 
His great Artillery ftraight againft their Face ; 
And throw hot Sinai Thunder-bolts around, 
To burn their tow'ring Hopes down to the ground. 
To make the Pillars of their Pride to ftiake, 
And damn their Doings to the burning Lake. 
To curfe the Doers, unto endlefs Thrall, 
That never' did continue to do all *• 
To fcorch their Confcience with the flaming Air, 
And fink their haughty Hopes in deep Defpair s 
Denouncing EbaPs black revenging Doom, 
To blaft their Expectation in the Bloom ; 
'Till once vain Hope of Life by Works give place, 
Unto a folid Hope of Life by Grace. 

The vig'rous Ufe of Means is fafely urg'd, 
IVh^n pre-ifing Calls from legal Dregs are purged : 

* Gal. iiL ic. 

Fart I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 53 

But moft unfafely in a Federal Drefs r 
Confounding Terms of Life with Means of Grace. 
Oh dang'rous is \H Attempt proud Flefh to pleaie 3 
Or fend a Sinner to the Law for Eafe ; 
Who rather needs to feel its piercing Dart, 
'Till dreadful Pangs invade his trembling Hear" ) 
And thither only fent for Flames 
Of Fire to burn his rotten Hopes and Claims ; 
That thus difarm'd, he gladly may embrace, 
And grafp with Eagernefs the News of Grace, 


The Go/pel of Divine Grace the only Means of com- 
verting Sinners, and Jhoiild be preached therefore- 
moji clearly, fully, and freely. 

THEY ought, who royal Grace's Heralds be^ 
To trumpet loud Salvation full and free 3 
Nor fafely can, to humour mortal Pride, 
In Silence evangelick Myfteries hide. 
What Heav'n is pleas'd to give, dare we refute^ 
Or underground conceal, left Men abufe ? 
Supprefs the Gofpel-Flower upon pretence, 
That fome vile Spiders may fuck Poifon thence ? 
Chriji is a Stumbling-block, (hall we neglect 
Topreach him, left the Blind fhould break theirNecks ? 
That high, he's for the Fall of many fet 
As well as for the Rife, muft prove no let. 
No Grain of precious Truth muft be fuppreft, 
Though Reprobates fhould to their Ruin wreft. 
Shall Heav'n's corufcant Lamp be dimm'd, that pays 
Its daily Tribute down in golden Rays ? 
Becaufe fome blinded with the blazing Gleams r 
Share not the Pleafure of the lighting Beams. 

D 3 Let 

54 Gospel Sonnets. 

Let thofe be harden'd, petrify'd and harm'd, 
The reft are mollify'd and kindly warm'd. 
A various Savour*, Flowers in Grace's Field, 
Of Life to fome, of Death to others yield. 
Muft then the Rofe be vail'd, the Lily hid, 
The fragrant Savour ftifl'd ? God forbid. 
The Revelation of the Gofpel Flower, 
Is ft ill the Organ fram'd of faying Power ; 
Aloft juftly then are legal Minds condemn'd, 
That of the glorious Gofpel are atham'd : 
lor this the Divine Ann, and only this, 
The Power of God unto Salvation is f. 
For therein is reveal V, to fcreen from Wrath, 
The Righ'teoufnefs of Gcd from Faith to Faith. 
The happy Change in guilty Sinners Cafe, 
They owe to free Difplays of Sovereign Grace ; 
Whofe joyful Tidings of amazing Love, 
The Miniftraiion of the Spirit prove. 
The glorious Vent the Gofpel News exprefs, 
Of God's free Grace, thro 5 Chrift's full Righteoufneis. 
Is Heav'n's gay Chariot where the Spirit bides, 
And in his conqu'ring Power triumphant rides? 
1 he Gofpel Field is ftill the Spirit's Soil ; 
The golden Pipe that bears the holy Oil. 
The Orb where he outfhines the radiant Sun, 
The filver Channel where his Graces run. 
Wi:hin the Gofpel Banks his flowing Tide 
Of lioht'ning, quick'ning Motions fweetly glide. 
Revived ye the Spirit, Scripture faith J, 
By legal Works, or by the word of Faith. 
If by the Gofpel only, then let none 
Dare to be wifer than the Wifeft one. 

We muft who freely get, as freely give, 
The- vital Word that makes the Dead to live. 


* 2 Cor. B: 16. f Rom. i. 16, 17. 
% Gal. iii. 2. 

Part I. "The Believer's EJpoi/Jals. £jj 

For ev'n to Sinners dead within our reach, 

We in his living Name may moil: fuccefsful preach.. 

The Spirit and the Scripture both agree 
Jointly (fays Cbrift) to teftify of me. 
The Preacher then will from hb Text decline, 
That fcorns to harmonize with this Defign ; 
Prefs moral Duties to the laft Degree, 
Why not, but mind left we fuccefslefs be, 
No Light, no Hope, no ftrervgth for Duties fpring, 
Where Jefus is not Prophet, Prieft and King. 
No Light to fee the Way unlefs he teach? 
No joyful Hope fave in his Blood we reach. 
No Strength unlefs his royal Arm he ftretch. 
Then from our leading Scope how grofs we fall ! 
If, like his Name, in every Gofpel call, 
We make not him the Firji, the Lajt, the AIL 

Our Office is to bear the radiant Torch 
Of Gofpel Light, into the darken'd Porch, 
Of human Understandings, and difplay 
The joyful Dawn of everiafting Day > 
To draw the golden Chariot of free Grace, 
The darken'd Shades with (hining Rays to chafe, 
'Till Heav'n's bright Lamp on circling Wheek be 

With fparkling Grandeur round the dusky Worlds 
And thus to bring, in dying Mortals fight, 
New Life and Immortality to Light* m 

We're charg'd to preach the Gofpel unconfin'd^ 
To every Creature of the human Kind, 
To call, with Tenders of Salvation free, 
All Corners of the Earth to come and fee: 
And every Sinner moft excufelefs make, 
By urging Rich and Poor to come and take. 

Ho every one that thrifts *, is Grace's Call 
Direct to needy Sinners great and fmall j 

D 4 Not 

* If; lv. i, 2, 


56 Gospel Sonnets. 

Not meaning thofe alone, whofe holy Thirft 

Denominate their Souls already bleft. 

If only thofe were call'd, then none but Saints.; 

Nor would the Gofpel fuit the Sinners wants. 

But here the Call .does fignally import 

Sinners and thirfty Souls of every fort ; 

And mainly to their Door the Meffage brings, 

Who yet are thirfting after empty Things. 

TVlio fpend their Means , no living Bread to buy. 

And pains for that which cannot fatisfy. 

Such thirfty Sinners here invited are, 

Who vainly fpend their Money, Thought, and Care,, 

On paffing Shades, vile Lufts and Trafh (b bafe, 

As yield immortal Souls no true Solace. 

The Call directs them as they would be bleft, 

To choofe a purer Object of their Thirft. 

All are invited by the joyful Sound, 

To drink who need, as does the parched Ground, 

Whofe wide-mouth'd Clefts fpeak to the brazen Sky, 

Its paffive Thirft, without an active Cry. 

The Gofpel -Preacher then with holy Skill, 
Muft offer drift to whofoever will, 
To Sinners of all forts that can be nam'd ; 
The blind, the lame, the poor, the hair, the maim'd, 
Not daring to reftricl: th' extenfive Call, 
But opening wide the Net to catch 'em all. 
No Soul muft be excluded that will come, 
Nor Right of Accefs be confin'd to fome* 
Tho' none will come till confcious of their want, 
Ye: Right to come they have by Sovereign Grant, 
Such Right to Ckrijf, his Promife and his Grace, 
That alfare damn'd who hear and don't embrace. 
So freely is th' unbounded Call difpens'd, 
We therein find even Sinners unconvinc'd ; 
Who know not thev are naked^ blind and poor *, 1 
Conned to buy, or beg at Jefus 9 Door, > 

And take tkegloriousRobe.EyeJalves, andgoldenStore.) 
* Rev. iii. i7> «*• l his 

PART I. The Believer's Efpoufak. ^: 

This Prize they are oblig'd by Faith to win, 
Elfe Unbelief would never be their Sin. 
Yea, Gofpel Offers but a Sham we make, 
If every Sinner has not Right to take. 

Be Gofpel Heralds fortify'd from this, 
To trumpet Grace howe'er the Serpent hifs. 
Did Hell's malicious Mouth in dreadful Shape 
'Gainft Innocence it felf malignant gape ? 
Then facred Truth's devoted Vouchers may, 
For dire Reproach their Meafures conftant lay, 
With cruel Calumny of old commenc'd, 
This Se£l will every zvhere be f poke againj?. 
While to and fro he runs the Earth acrofs 
Whofe Name is dhxs uv xatrfyof®* * 
In fpite of Hell be then our conftant Strife 
To win the glorious Lamb a Virgin Wife. 

* The Accufer of the Brethren. 


An Exhortation to all that are out of Christ- 
in order to their doling the Match with* 
him : containing alfo Motives and Direc- 

READER, into thine Hands thefe Lines are given. 
But not without the Providence. of Heaven 5 
Or iQ advance thy Blifs, if thou art wife,. 
Or aggravate thy Woe ? . if thou defpife. 
Fcj the., for thee, perhaps th' Omnifcient Ken 
for 'd the .Counfel here, ana led the Pen, 
The W iter then dees thy- Attention plead, 
In his.great Name that gave. thee. Eyes to read. 


Gospel Sonnets. 


Cprrolaion offer' d to Sinners, efpecially fuch as are 
wedded Jiriftly to the Law, or f elf -righteous, that 
may fee their Need of Chris rV Rightecuf- 

IF never yet thou didft fair Jefus wed, 
Nor yield thy Heart to be his Marriage-Bed : 
But hitherto art wedded to the Law, 
Which never could thy chain'd Affections draw, 
From brutifh Lufts and fordid Lovers Charms ; 
Lo ! thou art yet in Satan's folded Arms. 
Hell's Power in viable thy Soul retains, 
His captive Siave, lock'd up in maffy Chains: 

Miner then, as thou regard'ft thy Life, J 

Seek, feek with ardent Care and earned Strife, > 
To be the glorious Lamb's betrothed Wife, J 

For 'jzh Corrtvak never let him lofe 
Thy Heart, his Bed of conjugal Repofe. 
Wed Cbrijf alone, and with fevere Remorfe 1 

From other Mates purfue a clean Divorce ; > 

For they thy Ruin feek, by Fraud or Force. J 

/iG lurking Serpents in the fhady Bowers, 
Conceal their Malice under fpreading Flowers y 
So thy cfcceitftH Lulls with cruel Spite, 
Hide gaftly Danger under gay Delight. 
Art thou a legal Zealot {eft or rude, 
Renounce thy natural and acquired Good* 
As bafe deceitful Lufls may work thy Smart, 
So may deceitful. Frames upon thy Heart. 
Seeming good Motions may in fame be found, 
Much joy in Hearing, like the ftony Ground : 
Much Sorrow too in Praying, as appears 
In Efai s careful Suit with rueful Tears. 


Part I. The Believer's Efpoufals. 59 

touching the Law, they blamelefs may appear. 
From fpurious Views moft fpecious Virtues bear. 
Nor meerly be devout in Mens Efteem, 
But prove to be fincerely what they feem, 
Friends to the holy Law, in Heart and Life* 
Suers of Heav'n with utmoft legal Strife, 
Yet (till with innate Pride fo rankly fpic'd 
Converted but to Duties, not to Chrift, 
That Publicans and Harlots Heaven obtain, 
Before a Crew fo righteous and fo vain. 
Sooner will thofe fhake off their vicious Drefs, 
Than thefe blind Zealots will their Righteoufnefs^ 
Who judge they have (which fortifies their Pride) 
The Law of God it felf upon their fide. 
Old Nature new-brufh'd-up with legal Pains* - 
Such ftrid Attachment to the Law retains, 
No Means, no Motives can to Jefus draw 
Vain Souls, (o doubly wedded to the Law. 

But would'ft the glorious Prince in Marriage have r 
Know that thy natural Husband cannot fave. 
Thy beft Effays to pay the legal Rent, 
Can never in the leaft the Law content. 
Didft thou in Prayers employ the Morning Light, 
In Tears and Groans the Watches of the Night, 
Pafs thy whole Life in cloie Devotion o'er ; 
^Tis nothmg to the Law ftill craving more. 
There's no Proportion 'twixt its high Commands 
And puny Works from thy polluted Hands » 
Perfection ^is the leaft that it demands. 

Wouldji enter into Life then,, keep the- Law, 
But keep it perfectly without a Flaw. 
It won't have lefs, nor will abate at laft 
A Drop of Vengeance for the Sin that's paft. 
Tell, iinful Mortal, is thy Stock fo large 
As duly can defray this double Charge ? 
" Why, thefe are meer Impoflibles 7 ' (fay ft thoiv.) 
Yeaj truly To they are \ and therefore n$W> 

D 6 That 

6o Gospel Sonnets. 

That down thy legal Confidence may Fall, 

The Law's black Doom home to thy Bofom call. 

"- Lo ! I (the Divine Law) demand no left, 

u Than perfect, everlafting Righteoufnefs ; 

" Put thou haft fail'd, and loft thy Strength to DOy 

** Therefore I doom thee to eternal Wo; 

w In Prifon clofe to be fhut up for ay, 

" Ere I be baffied with thy partial Pay. 

<c Thou always didft and doft my Precepts break, 

" I therefore curfe thee to the burning L?ke. 

€i In God the great Lawgiver's glorious Name, 

€t I judge thy Soul to everlafting Shame. 

7\"o Flejh can by the Law he jujYified^ 

Yet dareft thou thy legal Duties plead. 

As Paul appeai'd to Gcsfar* wilt thou fo ^ 

Unto the Law, then to it fnalt thou go, > 

And find it doom thee to eternal Wo. 3 

What, would you haveusplung'd in deep Defpair?- 
Amen, yea God himfelf would have you there. 
His Wi'l it is that you defpair of Life, 
And Safety by the Law or legal Strife; 
That cleanly thence divore'd at any Rate 
His faireft Son may have a faithful Mate. 
'Till this Law-Sentence pafs within your Bread, 
You'll never wed the Law-difcharging Prieft. 
You prize not Heavn 'till he through Hell you drawy 
Nor love the Gofpel 'till you know the Law. 

Know then, the divine Law mod: perfed carefr 
For none of thy imperfect legal Wares ; 

:ms thee to Vengeance for thy finfulftate 3 . 
As well as finfiil Actions fmall or great. 
If any Sin can be accounted fmall, 
To Hell it dooms thv Soul for one and all- 
Sins of Nature/ Practice,. Heart and Way, 
Damnation-Rent it fummons thee to pay.. 
Yea not for Sin alone which is thy Shame, 
But for ihv toafted Service too, fo Uoiei 

j The 

Part L The Believer's Efpoufah. 6t 

The Law adjudges Hell and thee to meet, 
Becaufe thy Rigjueoufnefs is uncomplete. 
As tow'ring Flames burn up the wither'd Flags, 
So will the fiery Law thy filthy Rags. 

» »■■■■ ' " *• ' ' ' ■ i ». 


Direclion given with reference to the right Vfe of the 
Means i that we reft net on thofe injlecicl 0^ Christ 
the gkr ions Husband, in whom our Help lies.. 

D AM, where art thou 8 Soul, where art thou 



Oh, art thou faying, Sir, what ft) all 1 do? 
I dare not ufe that proud felf- railing ftrain, 
Go help y our f elf, and Godvjill help you then. 
Nay rather know, O Ifra'l, that thou haft 
Deflroyd thy J elf and can 'ft not in the leaft 
From Sin nor Wrath thy felf the Captive free, 
Thy Help (fays fefus) only lies in me. 
Heav'n's Oracles direct to him alone, 
Full Help is^ laid upon this Mighty One. 
In him, in him complete Salvation dwells, 
He's God the Helper, and there is none elfe. 
Fig-leaves won't hide thee from the fiery Shower^ 
"Tis he alone that faves by Price and Power. 

Muft we do nothing then (will Mockers fay) 
^But reft in Sloth 'till Heav'n the Help convey I 
Pray, flop a little, Sinner, don't* abufe 
God's awful Word, that charges thee to ufe 
Means, Ordinances, which he's pleas'd to plaoe^ 
-As precious Channels of his pow'rful Grace. 
Reitlefs improve all thefe, until from Heaven^ 
The whole Salvation needful thus be given, 
Wait in this Path, according to his Cr.D 3 
On him whofe Power. alone effeiteth ail. 


62 Gospel Sonnets. 

Would'ft thou him wed, in Duties wait I fay, 
But marry not thy Duties by the way. 
Thou'lt wofully come fhort of faving Grace, 
If Duties only be thy Refting-place. 
Nay, go a little further through them all, 
To him whofe Office is to fave from ThralU 
Thus in a Gofpel- manner hopeful wait, 
Striving to enter by the narrow Gate ; 
So iirait and narrow, that it wont admit- 
The Bunch upon thy back to enter it. 
Not only bulky Lufts may ceafe to prefs, 
But even the Bunch of boafted Righteoufnefs* 

Many as in the faced page we fee, 
Shall ftrive to enter ^ but unable be : 
Becaufe miftaking this new Way of Life r 
They prufti'a legal, not a Gofpe! -Strife :. 
As if their Duties did Jehovah bind, 
Becaufe 'tis written, feek and ye fhall find. 
Perverted Scripture does their Error fence, 
They read the Letter, but neglect the Senfe. 
While to the Word no Gofpel- Glofs they give, 
Their feek and find's the fame with do and live.. 
Hence would :hey a Connexion native place, 
Between their moral Pains arid faving Grace : 
Their nat'ral poor E flays they judge won't mifs 
In J-uftice to infer eternal Bfifs. 

Thus Commentaries on the Word they make,. 
Which to their Ruin are a grand Miftake, 
For through the legal Biafs in their Bre^aft, 
They Scripture to their own DeftruSion wrefh 
Why, if we feek we get, they gather hence; 
Which is not Truth, fave in the Scripture- Senfe. 
There Jejus deals with Friends, and elfewhere faith* 
Thefe Seekers only fpeed that ask in Faith* 
$he Prayer of the Wicked is abhor' d 7 
Jk an Abomination to the Lord. 

i he;r 

Part. I. The Believer's Efpoufah. 63 

Their Suits are Sin, but their Neglefts no lefs, 
Which can't their Guilt diminifh, but increafe. 
They ought, like Beggars, lie in Grace's Way, 
Hence Peter taught the Sorcercer to pray ; 
For tho' meer nat'ral Mens Addrefs or Prayers, 
Can no Acceptance gain as Works of theirs, 
Nor have, as their Performance^ any Sway ; 
Yet as a divine Ordinance they may. 
But fpotlefs Truth has bound itfelf to grant 
To Suit of none, but the believing Saint. 
In Jefus Perfons once accepted, do* 
Acceptance find in him for Duties too. 
For he whofe Son they do in Marriage take, 
Is bound to hear them for their Husband's fake. 

But let no Chrijllefs Soul at Pray'r appear, 
As if Jehovah were oblig'd to hear : 
But ufe the Means, becaufe a Sovereign God 
May come with Alms in this his wonted Road. 
He wills thee to frequent kind Wifdom's Gate, 
To read, hear, meditate, to pray and wait. 
Thy Spirit then be on thefe Duties bent, 
As Gofpel- Means, but not as legal Rent. 
From thefe don't thy Salvation hope nor claim,, 
But from Jehovah in the ufe of them. 
The Beggar's Spirit never was fo dull, 
While waiting at the Gate call'd Beautiful ; 
To hope for Succour from the Temple-Gate* 
At which he daily did fo careful wait - y 
But from the rich and charitable Sort, 
Who to the Temple daily made Refort. 
Means, Ordinances, are the comely Gate, 
At which kindHeav'n has bid us conftant wait 5 
Not that from thefe we have our Alms, but from- 
Thelib'ral God, who there is won't to come. 
If either we thefe Means (hall dare neglect, 
Or yet from thefe th' enriching Blifs expscl, 


64 Gospel Sonnet Si 

We from the Glory of the King defalk, 
Who in the Galleries is wont to walk, 
We move not regular in Duty's Road, 
But bafe, invert them to an Idol-God. 

Seek then, if Gofpel-Means you would eflay, 
Through Grace to ufe them in a Gofpel-way : 
Not deeming that your Duties are the Price 
Of divine Favour, or of Paradife ; 
Nor that your beft Efforts employ'd in thefe. 
Are fit Exploits your awful Judge to pleafe. 
Why, thus you bafely idolize your Trafh, 
And make it with the Biood of J ejus clafh. 
You'd buy the Bleffing with your vile Refufe, 
And fo his precious Righteoufnefs abufe. 
What ! buy his Gifts with filthy Lumber, nay, 
Whoever offers this, muft hear him fay, 
The Money perijh with thy Soul for ay. 

Duties are Means which to the Marriage- Bed, 
Should chaftly lead us like a Chamber-Maid ; 
But if with her inftead of Chriji we match, 
We not our Safety, but our Ruin hatch. 
To C&far^ what is Cafar's (hould be given ; 
But Cafar muff not have what's due to Heaven: 
So Duties (hould have Duty's Room, 'tis true, 
But nothing of the glorious Husband's Due. 
While Means the Debt of clofe Attendance crave, 
Our whole Dependance God alone muft have. 
If Duties, Tears, our Corifcience pacify, 
They with the Blood of Chriji prefume to vie. 
Means are his Vaflals, fhall we without grudge 
Difcard the Matter, and efpoufe the Drudge? 
The H}pocrite, the Legalift does fin, 
To live on Duties, not on Chrlfi therein. 
He only feeds on empty Dilhes, Plates, 
Who doats on Means, but at the Manna frets* 
Let never Means content thy oul at all^. 
Without the Husband^ who is all in all. 

Part I. The Believer's EJpoufals. 65 

Cry daily for the happy Marriage-Hour, 

To thee belongs the Mean, to him the Power. 


A Call to believe in Jesus Christ, with fome Hint 
at the Act and Ohjecl of Faith. 

FRiend, is the Queftion on thy Heart engrav'd. 
What JJja/l I do to be for ever fav'd ? 
Lo ! here's a living Rock to build upon y 
Believe in Jefus ; and on him alone 
For Righteoufnefs and Strength thine Archor drop, 
Renouncing all thy former legal Hope. 
<c Believe (fay you) I can no more believe, 
u Than keep the Law ofWorfcs the DO and LI VE." 
True, and it were thy Mercy, ciJft thou fee,. 
Thine utter want of all Ability. 
New Covenant Graces he alone can grant, 
Whom G:d has given to be the Covenant ; 
E'en Jffus 9 whom the facred Letters call 
Faith's Object, Author, Finifher, and al! ; 
In him alone, not in thy Act of Faith, 
Thy Soul believing full Salvation : 

In this new Cov'nant judge not Fai f h to hold 
The Room of perfeit. Doing in the Old. 
Faith is not given to be the fed'ral Price 
Gf other Bleffings, or of Paradife, 
But Heav'n, by giving this, ftrikes out a Door r 
At which is carried in flill more and more. 
No Sinner mult upon his Faith lay Strels, 
As if it were a perfect Righteoufnefs. 
God ne'er affign'd unto it fuch a Place, 
'Tis but at beft a bankrupt begsing Grace, 
Its Object makes its Fame to fly abroad, 
So dole it gripes the Righteoufnefs of God, 


66 Gospel Sonnets. 

Which Righteoufnefs receiv'd, is (without Strife) 
The true Condition of eternal Life. 

But ftill (fay you) Power to believe I mifs- 
You may ; but know you what believing is ? 
Faith lies not in your building up a Tower, 
Of fome great Action by your proper Power. 
For Heav'n well knows, that by the killing Fall, 
No Power, no Will remains in Man at all 
For Ads divinely good ; 'till fovereign Grace 
By powerful drawing Virtue turned the Chafe. 
Hence none believe in fefus, as they ought, 
9 Fill once they firft believe they can do nought, 
2W are fujfcisnt e'en to form a Thought. 
They're confcious in the right-believing Hour, 
Of human Weaknefs, and of divine Power. 
Faith acts not in the Senfe of Strength and Might, 
But in the Senfe of Weaknefs acts out-right. 
It is (no boafting Arm of Power or Length) 
But Weaknefs affing on Almighty Strength. 
It is the powerlefs, helplefs Sinner's Flight 
Into the open Arms of faving Might, 
'Pis an employing Jefus to do all, 
That can within Salvation's Compafs fall ; 
To be the Agent kind in every thing, 
Belonging to a Prophet, Prieft, and King ; 
To teach, to pardon, fanclify, and fave, 
And nothing to the Creature's Power to leave. 
Faith makes us joyfully content, that he 
Our Head, our Husband, and our All fhould be, 
Our Righteoufnefs and Strength, our Stock and Store 
Our Fund for Food, and Raiment, Grace, and Glore. 
It makes the Creature down to nothing fall, 
Content that Chrift alone be all in all. 

The Pkn of Grace is Faith's delightful View, 
With which it clofes both as Good and True. 
Unto the Truth, the Mind's Affent is full, 
Unto the Good a free confenting Will. 


Part. L The Believer's Efpoufals. 67 

The Holy Spirit here the Agent chief, 

Creates this Faith, and dailies Unbelief. 

That very God who calls us to believe, 

The very Faith he feeks, in nil alfo give. 

Why calls he then ? (fay you) pray, Man, be wife; 

Why did ye call dead Lazarus to rife ? 

Becaufe the Orders in their Bofom bear, 

AJmuhty Power to make the Carcafe hear. 

But Heav'n may not this mighty Power difplay ? 
Moft true ; yet ftill thou art oblig'd t' obey, 
But God is not at all oblig'd to ftretch 
His faving Arm to fuch a finful Wretch. 
All who within Salvation-Rolls have place, 
Are fav'd by a Prerogative of Grace : 
But Veflels all that (hall with Wrath be cramm'd,. 
Are by an Act of holy Juftice damn r d. 
Take then, dear Soul, as from a friendly Heart, 
The Counfel which the following Lines impart. 


An Advice to Sinners to apply to the Sovereign Mercy: 
of God, as is di [cover d through Christ, to the 
higheji Honour of 'Juftice and other divine Attri- 
butes, in order to further their Faith in him unto 

GO, Friend, and at Jehovah's Footflool bow, \ 
Thou know'ft not what a Sov'reign God maydo, 
Confefs, if he eommiferate thy Cafe, 
'Twill be an Act of powerful Sov'reign Grace. 
Sequeftrate carefully fome folemn Hours, 
To fue thy grand Concern in fecret Bowers. 
Then in th' enfuing Strain to God impart, 
And pour into his Bofom all thy Heart. 

" O glorious, gracious, powerful, Sov'reign Lord, 
| Thy Help unto a finful Worm afford j 

« Who 

68 Gospel Sonnets; 

cc Who from my wretched Birth to this fad Hour, 

" Have ftill been deftitute of Will and Power, 

4 • To clofe with glorious Chrijl -, yea fill'd with fpite 

c< At thy fair Darling, and thy Saints Delight, 

" Refuting all his Grace with all my Might. 

<c Come, Lord, and lap my Enmity's ftrongTower; 

" O hafte the Marriage- Day, the Day of Power 3 

u That fweetly by refiitlefs Grace inclin'd, 

" My once reluctant be a willing Mind. 

u Thou fpeak'ft to Being every Thing we fee r 

" When thy Almighty Will faid, Let it be ; 

cc Nothing to Being in a Moment pafs, 

" Let there be Light, thcu faidji, and fo it zvas. 

<c A pow'rful Word like this, a mighty Call, 

" Muft fay, let there be Faith, and then it (hall* 

* : Thou feek'ftmyFaith and Flight from Sin and Gult* 

44 Give what thou feek'ft. Lord, then feek what thou 

44 What Good can iiTue from a Root fo ill, 
ic This Heart of mine's a wicked Lump of Hell; 
M 'Twill all thy common Motions ftill refift, 
w Unlefs with fpecial drawing Virtue bleft. 
44 Thou calls, but with the Call thy Pow'r convey; 
4C Command me to believe, and I'll obey, 
44 Nor any more thy gracious Call gainfay. 
4C Command, O Lord, effectually command, 
44 And grant I be not able to withftand, 
44 Then powerlefs I will ftretch the wither'd Hand. 

44 I to thy Favour can pretend no Claim, 
** But what is borrow'd from thy glorious Name ; 
44 Which tho' moft juftly thou may'ft glorify, 
44 In damning fuch a guilty Wretch as me, 
44 A Faggot fitted for the burning Fire 
44 Of thine incenfed everlafting Ire : 
44 Yet, Lord, fince now I hear thy glorious Son, 
44 In favour of a Race that was undone, 


« Did 

Pa r t I. *The Believer's Efpoufah. 6 9 

" Did in thy Name, by thy Authority 
" Once to the full ftern Juftice fatisfy ; 
46 And paid more glbrious Tribute thereunto, 
" Than Held and all its Torments e'er can do. 
<c Since my Salvation through his Blood can raife 1 
** A Revenue to Juftice* higheft Praife, C 

" Higher than Rents, which Hell for ever pays : J 
i€ Thefe-to tremendous Juftice never bring 
f** A Satisfa&ion equal and condign. 
<c But Jefus our once dying God performs, 
€Q What never could by ever-dying Worms : 
M Since thus the threat'ning Law is honour'd more, 
iC Than e'er my Sins affronted it before : 
u Since Juftice ftern may greater Glory won, 
<c By justifying in thy darling Son, 
iC Than by condemning even the Rebel me ; 
<c To this Device of Wifdom, lo ! I flee. 
<c Let, Juftice, Lord, according to thy Will, 
<c Be glorified with Glory great and full, 
*' Not now in Hell, where Juftice, petty Pay 
M Is but extorted Parcels minc'd for ay : 
C€ But glorified in Chrjjl^ who down has told, 
<c The total Sum at once in liquid Gold. 
<c In loweft Hell low Praife is only won, 
44 But Juftice has the higheft in thy Son. 
<c The Sun of Righteoufnefs that fet in Red, 
41 To fhew the glorious Morning would fucceed. 
44 In him then fave thou me from Sin and Shame, 
" And to the higheft glorify thy Name. 

c< Since this bright Scene thy Glories all exprefs, 
€i And Grace as Emprefs reigns thro' 3 Righteoufnefs $ 
4C Since Mercy fair runs in a crimfon Flood ; 
44 And vents through Juftice fatisfy ing Blood : 
44 Not only then for Mercy's fake I fue, 
* But for the Glory of thy Juftice too, 

4C And 

jo Gospel Sonnets. 

** And fince each Letter of thy Name divine, 
** Has in fair Jefus 9 Face the brighteft Shine, 
cc This gorious Husband be for ever mine. 

" On this ftrong Argument fo fweet, fo bleft, 
" With thy Allowance, Lord, I muft iniift. 
<c Great God, fince thou allow'ft unworthy me, 
<c To make thy glorious Name my humble Plea ; 
" No Glory worthy of it wilt thou gain, 
<c By cafting me into the burning Main. 
<c My feeble Back can never fuit the Load, 
u That fpeaks thy Name a Sin-revenging God. 
4< Scarce would that Name feem a confuming Fire, 
* Upon a Worm unworthy of thine Ire. 
<f But fee the worthy Lamb, thy chofen Prieft, 
c< With Juftice' Burning- Glafs againft his Breaft, 
4C Contracting all the Beams of venging Wrath, 
4C As in their Centre, 'till he burnt to Death. 
<c Vengeance can never be fo much proclaim'd, 
4< By fcatter'd Beams among the Millions damn'd. 
* c Then, Lord, in him me to the utmoft fave, 
" And thou fhalt Glory to the higheft have : 
c< Glory to Wifdom that contriv'd fo well ! 
" Glory to Power that boreand buried Hell ! 
<c Glory to Holinefs which Sin defac'd, 
< c With finlefs Service now divinely grac'd ! 
€€ Glory to Jti/iice' Sword that flaming {food, 
<c Now drunk to Pleafure with atoning Blood, 
<c Glory toZTrutb that now in Scarlet clad, 
<c Has feal'd both Threats and Promifes with Red, 
<c Glory to Mercy now in purple Streams 
<c So fweetly gliding thro' the divine Streams 
<c Of other once offended, now exalted Names 
*' Each Attribute confpires with joint Embrace, 
4 « To (hew its fparkling Rays in Jefus* Face ; 
<c And thus to deck the Crown of matchlefs Grace 
< c But to thy Name in Hell ne'er can accrue 
^ The thoufandth part of this great Revenue. 



Paut I. The Believer's Efpoufah. ji 

" O ravifhing Contrivance ! Light that blinds 

44 Cherubick Gazers, and Seraphick Minds. 

44 They pry into the Deep, and love to learn, 

44 What yet fhould vaftly more be my Concern. 

44 Lord, once my Hope moft reafonlefs could dream 

44 Of Heav'n, without Regard to thy great Name : 

44 But here is laid my lading Hope, to found 

44 A highly rational, a divine Ground. 

44 'Tis reafonable, I expert thpu'lt take 

44 The Way that moft will for thine Honour make, 

44 Is this the Plan ? Lord, let me build my Claim 

44 To Life* on this high Glory of thy Name. 

t4 Nor let my faithlefs Heart, or think, or fay, 

44 That all this Glory {hall be thrown away 

44 In my Perdition ; which will never raife, 

44 To thy great Name fo vaft a Rent of Praife. 

44 O then a Rebel into favour take ; 

44 Lord, fhield and fave me for thy Glory's fake, 

44 My endlefs Ruin is not worth the Colt, 

44 That fo much glory be for ever loft, 

44 Til of the greateft Sinner bear the Shame, 

44 To bring the greateft Honour to thy Name. 

44 Small Lofs, tho' I fhould perith endlefs Days, 

44 But thoufand pities Grace (hould lofe the Praife. 

44 Oh hear, Jehovah, get the Glory then, 

"' And to my Supplication fay Amen. 


\^The terrible Doom of Unbelievers, and Rejeflors ef 
Christ, or Defpifers of the GofpeL 

^l*l H U S, Sinner, into Jefus' Bofom flee, 
L Then there is hope in Ijrael fare for thee. 
Slight not the Call, as running by in Rhime, 
Left thou repent for ay, if not in Time. 

, T 


72 Gospel Sonnets. 

'Tis moft unlawful to contemn and (hun, 
All wholfom Counfels that in Metre run ; 
Since the prime Fountains of the facred Writ, 
Much heav'nly Truth in holy Rhimes tranfmit : 
If this don't pleafe, yet hence it is no Crime 
To verfify the Word, and preach in Rhime. 
But in whatever Mould the Doctrine lies, 1 

Some erring Minds with Gofpel-Truth defpife > 
Without Remede, 'till Heav'n anoint their Eyes, J 
Thefe Lines pretend no conqu'ring Art nor Skill, 
But fhew in weak Attempts a ftrong Good- will. 
To mortify all native legal Pride, 
And court the Lamb of God a Virgin-Bride. 
If he thy conjunct Match be never given, 
Thou'rt doom'd to Hell, as fure as God's in Heaven 
If Gofpel-Grace and Goodnefs don't thee draw, 
Thou art condemn'd already by the Law. 
Yea hence Damnation deep will doubly brace, 
If ftill thy Heart contemn redeeming Grace. 
No Argument from Fear or Hope will move, 
Or draw thy Heart, if not the Bond of Love : 
Nor flowing Joys, nor flaming Terrors chafe 
To Chrift the Haven, without the Gales of Grace, 
O Slighter then of Grace's joyful Sound, 
Thou'rt over to the wrathful Ocean bound. 
Anon thouPt fink into the Gulf of Woes, 
Whene'er thy wafting Hours are at 3 Clofe. 
Thy falfe old legal Hope will then be loft, 
And with thy wretched Soul give up the Ghoft. 
Then farewel God and Chrifl, and Grace and Glore 
Undone thou art, undone for evermore. 
For ever finking underneath the Load 
And Preflure of a Sin-revenging God. 
The facred awful Text affert?, To fall 
Into his living Hanch^ bis fearful TbrafL 
When no more Sacrifice for Sin re?nains^ 
But everliving Wrath and lafting Chains. 




Part I. The Believer's Efpoufats. 73 

Heaven ftill upholding Life in dreadful Death, 
Still throwing down hot Thunderbolts of Wrath, 
As full of Terror, and as manifold, 
As finite Veffels of his Wrath can hold. 

Then, then we may fuppofe the Wretch to cry, 
44 Oh, if this damning God would let me die, 
44 And not torment me to Eternity ! 
4C Why from the filent Womb of ftupid Earth, 
« 4 Did Heav'n awake, and pufh me into Birth ? 
«• Curft be the Day that ever gave me Life, 
44 Curft be the cruel Parents, Man and Wife, 
44 Means of my Being Jnftruments of Woe, 
4C For now I'm damn'd, I'm damn'd, and always lb, 
c . c Curft be the Day that ever made me hear, 
44 The Gofpel-Call, which brought Salvation near. 
44 The endlefs Sound of flighted Mercy's Bell, 

Has in mine Ears the moft tormenting Knell. 
44 Of offer'd Grace I vain repent the Lofs, 
The joyful Sound with Horror recognofce. 
The hollow Vault reverberates the Sound, 
44 This killing Echo {trikes the deepeft W< 
44 And with too late Remorfe does now confound. 
44 Into the Dungeon of Defpair I'm lock'd, 
44 Th' once open Door of Hope for ever block'd : 
44 Hopelefs, I link into the dark Abyfs, 
cc Banifh'd for ever from eternal Blifs. 
44 In boiling Waves of Vengeance muft I lie? 
4 ' O could I curfe this dreadful God and die ! 
44 Infinite Years in Torment (hall I fpend, 
44 And never, never, never at an Eud. 
Ah ! muft I live in torturing Defpair, 
As many Years as Atoms in the Air. 
When thefe are fpent, as manv Thoufands more, 
As Grains of Sand that croud the ebbing Shore. 
When thefe are done, as many yet behind, 
As Leaves of Forefts (haken with the Wind. 

E « When 

nd, J 

Vound, > 
Dnfound. } 


Gospel Sonnets. 

" When thtfe are gone, as many to enfue, 
" As Jtprns cf Grafs on HLTs and Dales that grew. 
< 5 When thefe run our, as many on the March, 
*< Asftarry Lamps that gild th 1 Arch. 

Ken thefe lore, 

" As Moments in the Millions pail before. 
44 When all thefe doleful Ye 
* c And mukin 
" 'Till Numbers drown the; Thought $ could I fup- 

c< pole, 
<c That then my wretched Years were at a Clofe, 
4C This would afford foi Iihiver 

<c To think upon the dreadful 
* c The burning Gulf, where I blafphtrnirtg lie^ 
<c Is Time no more, but vaft / 
" The growing Torment I end .in, 

tc Thro' Ages all is always I 
" How did I but a Grain of Pleafure.fow, 
cc To re. 5 p an Barveft of immortal Woe ? 
cc Bound to the Bottom of the burning Main, 
cc Gnawing mv Chains, I wift tor Death in vain. 
" Juft Doom! fince I that bear th'^eternal Los 
c< Ccntemn'd the Death of an eternal God. 
U Oh if the God thit curft me to the Laft, 
" Would blefs me hack to Nothing v Ai : 

« 6 But hopelefs I the jtifl Avenger h 
" Blafpfoeme the wrathful God, and c .fate." 

To thefe this Word of Terror I dirl 
Who now the great Salvation dare negtyil : 
To all the Ckj/?-defpifing Mult tude, 
True trample on the great R % i Blood : 

That fee no Beauty in 
But h's, Grace. 

A P lf{j tig r • ' to n ne 1 am, 

j? ut t^ f< worthy Lamb. 

p.. r ,uall can be, 

V if in Ivlifery : 

2 Yet 

Part I. The BeHewr-s Ffpcufah. yS 

Yet lo, the greateft that to M >rtab cleave, 
Sha'nt d^inn che Souls in Jefus that believe; 

13ecaufe they oh the vei \ fell, 

That well can make Amends to God for all. 

Whereas proud Souls thro' Unbelief won't let, 

The glorious God a Reparation get 

Of all his Honour, in his darling Son, 

For all the great Difhonours they have done. 

A faithlefs Soul the glorious God bereaves, 

Of all the Satisfaction that he craves. 

Hence under divine hotted: Fury lies, 

And with a double Vengeance juftly dies. 

The blackeft Part of Tophet is their Place, 

Who flight the Tenders of redeeming Grace. 

That facrilegious Moniter Unbeliefs 

So harden'd 'gainft Remorfe s Grief, 

Robs God of ail the Glory of his Names, 

And every divine Attribute drfziv.zs. 

It loudly calls the Truth of God a Lye, 

The God of Truth a Liar, horrid Cry ! 

Doubts and denies his precious Words of Grace, 

Spits Venom in tkc Royal Suitor's Face. 

This Moniter cannot ceafe all Sin to hatch, 

Bec.iufe it proudly mars the happy Match. 

As each Law-wejjdded SquI isjoin'd to Sin, 

And deftitute of Holinefs within ; 

So all that wed the Law, mult wed the Curfe, 

Which Rent they fcorn to pay with ChrijTs full Purfe. 

They clear may rend their dreadful Doom in brief, 

Whofe fefter'd Sore is final Unbelief : 

Tho' to the Law their Life exafily fram'd 

For zealous Acts and Paffions too were fram'd, 

Yet-lo ! He that believes not, Jliall be damnd. 

But new 'tis proper on the other fide, 

With [fords of Comfort to addrefs the Bride : 

E 2 She 

7 6 

Gospel Sonnets. 

She in her glorious Husband does pojfefs. 
Morning Grace, acquitting Righteoufnefs : 
And hence to her pertain the golden Mines 
Of 'Comfort, open' d in the following Lines. 



O R, 



3fl&* Believers Jointure: 

O R, 

The POEM continued upon Isaiah !iv, gt 
Thy Maker is thy Hufband. 

N. B, The following Lines befog primarily intended for 
the Ufe and Edification of pioujly exercifed So) I, 
and efpccially thofe of a more common and ordinary 
Capacity ; the Author thought fit, thro 9 the wh*U 
of this ficond Part of the Book, to continue as in hi 
former Editions, to repeat that Part of the Text, 
Thy Husband, in the lajl Line of every Vtrfe ; Le- 
caufe however it tended to limit him, and rffirici 
his Liberty of Words in the Compfition ; yet hav- 
ing ground to judge that this appropriating Com- 
pellation ftill refined, had rendered ihefe Lines for- 
merly the more favor y to fome exercifed Chriflians to 
whom the Name of Christ, (particularly as their 
Head and Husband) is as Ointment poured forth:/// 
E 3 chofe 

78 Gospel Sonnets. 

•^ to f h&t Riflri 

r <rrt of tbi 1 :m Ch r ist u all in 

and to whom his Name, as their Husband, fo 
many various V/ays applied, will be no naufeout Re- 

C H A P. I. 

Containing the Privileges of the Believer that 
is efpoufed (o Christ by Faith of Divine 


The Believer 5 * perfect Beauty, free Acceptance, and 
Security thro' the Imputation ^Christ'j per* 


Security thro' the Imputation of I 
feci Righiecufnef, tho imparted Grace be imperfccl. 


Harpy Soul, Jehovah's Bride, 
The Lamb's beloved Spoufe, 
Strong Correlation's flowing Tide 
Thy Husband thee allows. 
In thee, tho' like thy Father's Race 

By Nature black as HeH; 
Yet now fo beautify 'd by Grace, 
Thy Husband loves to dwell. 

Fair <-?; the Moon thy Robes appear, 

While Graces are in L, 
Clear as the Sin:, while found to 

Thy Husband's Righteoufnefs. 


Part If. %l k B ! : ever's JmiturA 79 

Thy Moon-li. 1 : 5 much, 

Have here a Spot : 

Tin Sun like ich, 

Thy Husbaiv not. 

Thy white and n .oe fair, 

Outvie Leaf; 

For 'mong ten ties rare, 

Thy tjusband i 

Cloath'd with the Sun. th) Robes of Light 

The Morning Ra rie \ 

The Lamps of Heav'11 ai 3 not fo bright, 

Thy Husband decks t . fine. 

Tho* bellifli Smoke :es {tain, 

And bin deforfa z t ; 

Thy Surety's Merit makes thee clean, 
Thy Husband's Be; hite. 

Thy Pray'rsand Tear-, nor pure, nor good, 
, But vile and Ioc';fom f'cem ; 
Yet gain by di] lis Blood, 

;.y Husband's high Efceern. 

No fear thau fbrve, tho' IVants be great, 

Li h:yn u.jl: art com* 'etc : 
Tor himgfy SquI may hopeful wait. 
Tin- Husband gives thee Meat. 
Thy Money Merit, power, and Pelf, 

^ Were fquander'd by thy Fail ; 
Yet having nothing in thy fTf, 
Thy Fiusband is thy ML 

E 4 L w- 

8o GospelS 



Law- Precepts Threats may both befet 
To crave of thee their Due ; 

But Juftice for the double Debt, 
Thy Husband did purfue. 

Tho^ Juftlce ftem as much belong, 

As Mercy to a God ; 
Yet Juftice'fufFlVd here no Wrong* 

Thy Husband's Back was broad!' 

He bore the Lea;! i M atfa alone, Mercy might take vent ; 

He iv'n's pointed Arrows all upon 
Tny Husband's Heart were fpent. 

No partial Pay cou'd Juftice ftil!, 

No Farthing was retrench'd ; 
Vengeance exa&ed all, until 

Thy Husband all advane'd. 

He paid in liquid golden Red, 

Each Mite the Law requir'd, 
mil with a loud 'Tis fimjhed, 

Thy Husband's Breath expir'd. 
1 6. 
No Procefs more the Law can tent ; 

Thou ftand'ft without its Verge, 
And may' ft at pleafure now p relent 

Thy Husband's full Difcharge. 

■ -*7- 

Tho 1 new-contracted Guilt beget 

New Fears of divine Ire ; 
Yet fear thou not, tho' drown'd in Del t«» 
Husband is the Pr 


Part If. The Believer's Jointure. 81 
1 8. 

God might in Rigour thee indite 

Of higheft Crimes and Flaws ; 
But on thy Head no Curfe can light, 

Thy Husband is the Caufe. 


Christ the Believer 5 Friend, Prophet, Prie/t, King^ 
Defence, Guide, Guard, Help, and Healer. 

DEAR Soul, when ali the human Race 
Lay welt'ring in their Gore, 
Vail: Numbers in that difmal Cafe 
Thy Husband paffed o'er. 
But pray, why did he Thoufands pafs, 

And fet his Heart on thee? 
The deep, the fearchlefs Reafon was, 
- Thy Husband's Love is free. 

The Forms of Favour, Names of Grace, 

And Offices of Love, 
He Bears for thee -, with open Face 

Thy. -Husband's Kindnefs prove. 

'Gainft Darknefs black, and Error blind, 

Thou halt a Sun and Shield ; 
And to reveal the Father's Mind, 

Thy Kusbuad Prophet feal'd. 

He like wife, to pr 7 Peace, 

And five fr m fs \rrcit, 
Refign'J himfelf a Sacrifice; 

Thy Husband is thy Priejl. 

E S And 

oi Gospel S o n k e t?. 


:c erect, 




; yet do t: 



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eak, Thy Re- 

Part II. 7^ L t Jcintu/e. ■ 

g Storms annoy thy Heart, 
His Word commands a Calm : 
When bleeding WouivJs, tc eafe thy SroUrtj 
Thy Husband's Blood is Balm. ^v. 

Truft Creatures, rror to help thy Thrall, 

Nor to afluage thy Grief ; 
Ufe Means, but look beyond them all, 

Thy Husband's thy Relief, 

Ir Heav'n prefcribe a b:tter Drug, 

Fret not with froward Will ; 
This Carriage may thy Cure prorogue, 

Thy Husband wants not Skill. 
1 6. 
He fees the Store, he knows the Cure 

Will moft adapted be ; 
'Tis then moft reafonaWe. fure, 

Thy Husband choofe for thee. 

Friendfliip is in his Chaftifernents, 

And Favour in his Frowns ; 
Thence j i in heavy Plaints, 

Thy L tfiee difowns. 

The deep vr his (harp Lancet go 
. laliiinto 

E 6 SECT, 

?4 Gospel S ok nets. 


Christ the Believer's zvcnderful Pbyftcian^ and 
wealthy Friend. 


"jTT" I N D 7{/^J empties, whom he'll fill, 
| %^ Caftsdown whom he will raife; 
He quickens whom he feems to kill, 
Thy Husband thus gets Praife. 


when awful Rods are in his Hand, 

There's Mercy in his Mind ; 
When Clouds Opon his Brow do {land, 

Thy Husband's Heart is kind. 

In various Changes to and fro, 

He'll ever conusant prove; 
Nor can his Kindnefs come and go, 

Thy Husband's Name is Love. 

His Friends in mod afflicted Lot, 

His Favour moft have felt ; 
For when they're try'd in Furnace hot, X" 

Thy Husband's Bowe-s melt. 

When he his Bride, or wounds or heals, 

Heart-Kindncfs does him move ; 
And wraps in ' rov n ^ as well as Smiles, 
Thy Husband's Lfti 12 L ,ve. 
Ill's Hand no Cure could ever fail, 

Tho* of a hopelefs State ; 
He can in defp'iatr Cafes heal, 
Thy Husband's Art's fo gr^at. 


Part II. The Believer's Jointure, 85 

The Medicine he did prepare 

Can't fail to work for good ; 
O Balfam poweiful, precious, rare, 

Thy Husband's facred Blood ; 
Which freely from his broached Breaft, 

Gufh'd out like pent-up Fire ; 
His Cures are beft, his Wages leaf}, 

Thy Husband takes no Hire. 

Thou haft no Worth, no Might, no Good, 

His Favour to procure ; 
But fee his Store, his Power i his Blood, 

Thy Husband's never poor. 
' 10. 
Himfelf he humbled wondroufly, 

Once to the loweft Pitch, 
That Bankrupts thro' his Poverty, 

Thy Husband might enrich. 
His Treafure is more excellent 

Than Hills of Ophir Gold : 
In telling Store were Ages fpent, 

Thy Husband's can't be told. 
All things that fly on Wings of Fame, 

Cjiinpar'd with this are Drofs ; 
For fearchlfcfe Riches in bis Name, 

Thy Husband doth engrofs. 

l 3* 

The great T M M A N U £ L, God-Man, 

\ Giore divine; 
Angels and I tints mil never lean 
Thy Husb&nd's golden Miue, 


S6 G o a ■ p e l Son k e t s. 


He's full of Grace and Tru . 

Of Sprit, Merit, Might ; 
Of all the Wealth that Bad kmj 

Thy Husband's Heir by R 

Tho' HeavVs Irs Throne,, he can;. 

To feek and lave the L< 
"Whatever be I rice 

Husband's at the I 

Pleas'd to expend each Droo of Blood, 

That fill.'d his rojal Vei|-.s, 
He frank the facred Victim ftood, 
Thy Husband fpar-d 1:0 Pains. 
His Coft immenfc was in thy Place, 

Thy Freedom coft hk Thrall j 
Thy Glory coft him deep Difgrace, 
Thy Husband paid for all. 


*The Believer's Safely under the Covert of ChristV 
atoning Bl :• ufrful Inter cejjion. 


'HEN Heav'n proclaimed hot War and Wrath, 
And Sin increas* d fe \ 

Bv rich Obedience unto Death . 
Thy Husband bought th) Life. 
2 . 
The Charges could net be abridged. 

But on thefe noble Terms; 
Whi kt prize ar 

Part. 1 1. Th> B.liever ■ 

V.d thee h 
; es kir.d for Bankrupts do, 
ers Bail. 
d en thefe Terms is reconcilYl, 
And thou his Heart haft won ; 
In C : ?ri/l thou art his favour'd Child, 
Thy Husband is his Son. 

Vindictive Wrath is whole appeas'd, 
Thou need'ft net then be mov*d ; 
In Jesus a kuay s h e ' s w e U p leas' d y 
Thy Husband's his Betiv'd. 
t can l>e laid unto thy Charge, 
When God does not condemn ? 

of Complaint tho* Foe.. 
Thy Husband anfwers them. 

7 * 
hen Fear thy guilty Mind confounds, ><^ 
Full Comfort this may yield ; 
y Ranfom-Bill with Blood and Wo«n«fe, 
Thy Husband kind has fcal'd. 
His Promiie is the fair Extracl, < 

Thou haft at hand to (hew ; 
rn Juftice can no more exact, 
Husband paid its Due. 
Terms he left thee to fulfil, 
No Clog to mar thy Faith ; 
Hi> Bond is fign'd, his Latter-will 
' Husband fcal'd by Deatfn 

i ne 

83 Gospel Sonnets. 


The great Condition of the Band 

Of Promife and of Blifs, 
Is wrought by him, and brought to hand, 

Thy Husbana's Righteoufneft, 
1 1 . 
When therefore preft in time of Need 

To fue the p:omis'd Gcod, 
Thou haft no more to do but plead 

Thy Husband's fealing Blood. 


This can thee m:re to God commend, 
And cloudy Wrath difpel; 

Than e'er thy Sinning could offend, 
Thy Husband vanquiflvd Hell. 

When Vengeance feems for broken Laws 

To light on thee with Dread ; 
Let Chrift be Umpire of thy Caufe, 

Thy Husband well can plead. 

He pleads his Righteoufneis, that brought 
All Rents the Law could crave ; 

Whate'er its Precepts, Threat'nings, fought. 
Thy Husband fully gave. 

Did Efclinefs in Precepts ftajftd, 

And for Perfection Call, 
Tuftice in Threat'nings Death demand r 
Husband gave it all; 
l 5. 
His Blood the fury Law did quench^ 

Its J ; fc r ; 

The ? t cite thqe : H *vVs awful Bench, 
Thy Husband's at the Bar, 


Part. II. The Believer's Jointure. 89 


This Advocate has much to fay, j- ■>, 

His Clients need not fear ; 
For God the Father hears him ay, 

Thy Husband hath his Ear. 
A Caufe fail'd never in his Hand, »■ — 

So ftrong his Pleadings is ; 
His Father grants his whole Demand* 

Thy Husband's Will is his. 

Hell Forces all may rendezvous, 

Aecufers may combine ; 
Yet fear thou not who art his Spoufe, 

Thy Husband's Caufe is thine. 
20. . 
By folemn Oath Jehovah did 

His Priefthood ratify ; 
Let Earth and Hel 1 then counterplead, 

Thy Husband gains the Plea, 


The Believer's Faith and Hope encouraged even 
in the darkejl Nights of Defertion and Dt/lrefs. 


TH E cunning Serpent may accufe, — - -,_ 
But never fhal' fucceed ; 
The God of Peace will Satan bruije, 
Thy Husband broke his Head. 
Hell-Furies threaten to devour, 
Like Lions robbM of Whelps : 
But lo in ev'ry perilous Hour, m 
Thy Husband alwavs helps, 


90 Go s*p el Sonnets. 

1 hnt feeble Faith may never fail, 

Thine Advocate has pray'd ; 
Tho* winnowing Tempefts may afiail, 

Thy Husband's near to aid. 

Tho' grievous Trials grow space, 

And put thee to a ftand ; 
Thou mayft rejoice in every Cafe, 

Thy Husband's Help at hand. 

Truft, tho 5 when in Defertion dark, 

No twinkling Star by Night, 
No Ray appear, no glimmering Spark, 

Thy Husband is thy Light. 
His Beams anon the Clouds can rent, 

And thro' the Vapours run ; 
For of the brighter! Firmament 

Thy Husbani is the Sun. 

Without the Sun vjho mourning g? y 

And fcarce the Way can find ; 
He brings thro 9 Paths ihpy do not know, 

Thy Husband leads the Blind. 
Through Fire and JVaier he with Skill 

Brings to a wealthy Land, 
Rude Flames and roring Floods, BE K 

Thy Husband can command. 

When Sin DiforJers heavy brir 
That prefs thy Soul with Weight ; 

Then mind how manynwi?. 
Thy Husband has it. 

Part II. Tbe Believes jointure. 91 

Still look to him v:i f h longing F es, 

Tho' both thine Eyes ihcu?d fail ; 
Cry, and at length, tho' not thy Cries, 

Thy Husband fhall prevail. 
Still hope for Favour at his Hand, 

Tho' Favour don't appear ; 
When Help feems molt aloof to ftand, 

Thy Husband's then moft near. 
In Cafes hopelefs-like, faint Hopes 

May fail', and Feats annoy : 
But moll: when ftript of earthly Props, 

Tby Husband thou'lt enjoy. 

1 3- 

If Providence the Promife thwart, \^ 
And yet thy humbled Mind "~> 

'Gainft Hope believes in Hope, thou art 
Thy Husband's deareft Friend. 
Art thou a Weakling poor and faint, 

In Jeopardy each Hour? 
Let not ttry Weak nefs move thy Plaint, 
Thy Husband has the Pow'r. 
Dread not the Foes thatfoil'd thee long, 
• Will- ruin thee at length : 
When thou .art weak, then art thou ftrong, 
Thy Husband is tny Strength. 
re mighty, many too, 
Don't fear, nor quit the Field ; 
? Tis not with th \c to do. 

Thy H .;■], 


9 2 

Gospel Sonnets. 


'Tis hard to fight againft an Hoft, 
Orftrive againft the Stream; 

But lo, when all feems to be loft, 
Thy Husband will redeem. 


Benefits accruing to Believers from the Offices^ Names 
Natures, and Suffering cf Ch R i s t . 


ART thou by Lufts a Captive led, 
jfTL Which breeds thy deepeft Grief I 
To ranfom Captive is his Trade, 
Thy Husband's thy Relief. 
His precious Name is Jefus* why ? 

Becaufe he faves from Sin j 

Redemption-Right he won't deny, 

Thy Husband's near of Kin. 

His Wounds have fav'd thee once from Woes, 

His Blood from Vengeance fcreen'd ; 
When Heav'n and Earth and Hell were Foes, 

Thy Husband was a Friend : 

And will thy Captain now look on, 

And fee thee trampled down? 
When, lo, thy Champion has the Throne, 

Thy Husband wears the Crown. 

Yield not, tho* cunning Satan bribe, 

Or like a Lion rore ; 
The Lion nrong of Judab's Tribe, 
Thv Husband's to the fore. 


art K. The Believer's Jointure. 93 

nd that he never will for Jake ^ 

His Credit fair he pawn'd ; 
1 hotted Broils then Courage take, 

Thy Husband's at thy Hand. 

lo Storm needs drive thee to a Strait, 

Who deft his Aid invoke ; 
'ierce Winds may blow, proud Waves may beat, 

Thy Husband is thy Rock. 
.enounce thine own Ability, 

L-.-an to his prornis'd Might ; 
^he Strength of Ifrael cannot lye, 

Thy Husband's Power is plight. 


n awful Truth does h«re prefent, 
Whoever think it odd ; 
1 him thou art omnipotent, 
Thy Husband is a God. 

ehovah's Strength is in thy Head, 
Which Faith may boldly fcan , 
rod in thy Nature does relide, 
Thy Husband is a Man. 

hy Flefh is his, his Spirit thine ; 
And that you both are one, 
ne Body, Spirit, Temple, Vine, 
Thy Husband deigns to own. 

ind, he aflum'd thy Fkfh and Blood 

ITris Union to purfue ; 
nd without (hame his Br,the r hood, 
Thy Husban x does avow. 


94 Gospel Sonnets. 

He bore the Crofs thy Crown to win, 

His Blood he freely fpilt; 
The Holy-One affuming Sin, 

Thy Husband bore the Guilt. 
Lo, what a bleft Exchange is this ? 

What Wifdom (nines therein ? 
That thou mlghfjl be made Right gou]ntf$ t 

Thy Husband was made Shu 

The God of Joy a Man of Grief, 

Thy Sorrows to di fours' : 
Pure Innocence hang'd *s a Thief, 
Thy Husband lov ? d thee 'thus. 
Blight Beauty had his Vif -ge niarr'd, 
His comely Form abus'd : 

Reft was from all :cft debsrr'd, 
Thy Husband': . 


The God of Bleffings was a Curfe, 

The Lord of Lords a Drudge : 
The Heir of all-Things poor in Puife, 

Thy Husband did not grudge. 
^ r 
The Judge of all condemned was, 

The God immortal flam : 
No Favour in thy - jfe, 

Thy Husband did obtain. 


art. II. T£<? Believer's Jointure. 95 


'hrist%- Sufferings further improved, and Believers 
called to live by Fdiib^ both zvben they have and 
want fenjible Influences* 

LOUD Praifes fing without Surceafe, 
To him that frankly came, 
\nd gave his Soul a Sacrifice, 
Thy Husband was the Lamb. 
What weaken'd Vengeance could denounce* 

All around him did befet ; 
\nd never left his Soul till once 
Thy Husband paid the Debt. 

nd tho' new Debt thou- ftili contract, 

And run in deep Arrears, 
et all thy Burdens on his Back, 

Thy Husband always bears. 

I hy Judge will ne'er demand of nice \y^ 

\ Payments for one Debt; S\ 

"hee with one Victim wholly free, 
Thy Husband kindly fet. 


"hat no grim Vengeance might thee meet, 

Thy Husband met with all '; 
,nd that thy Soul might drink thee Sweit, 

Thy Husband drank the Gall. 


96 Gospel Sonnets, 

Full Breafts of Joy he loves t'extend, 

Like to a kindly Nurfe ; 
And that thy Blifs might full be gain'd, 

Thy Husband was a Curfe. 


Thy Sins he glued unto the Tree, 

His Blood this Virtue hath - 9 
For that thy Heart to Sin might die, 

Thy Husband fuffer'd Death, 
To purchafe fully all thy Good, 

All Evil him befel; 
To win thy Heav'n with Streams of Blood, 

Thy Husband quenched Heil. 
ThatthiskindDAY'S-MAN in one Band 

Might God and Man betroth, 
He on both Parties lays bis Hand^ 

Thy Husband pleafes both. 
The Bloed that could ftern Juftice pleafe, 

And Law-Demands fulfil, 
Can alfo guilty Confcience eafe 5 

Thy Husband clears the Bill. 
Thy higheft Glory is obtain'd, 

Bv his Abafement deep ; 
And that thy Tears might all be drain'd, 

Thy Husband chufe to weep. 
His Bondage all thy Freedom bought, 

He ftoop'd fo lowly down \ 
His Grappling all thy Grandeur brought, 

Thy Husband's Crofs thy Crown. 


Part II. 27v Believer's "Jointure. 97 
x 3- 

? Tis by his Shock thy Sceptre fways, 

His Warfare ends thy Strife ; 
His Poverty thy Wealth conveys 

Thy Husband's Death thy L fe. 

Do mortal Damps invade thy Heart., 

And Deadneis feize thee fore ? 
Rejoice in this, that Life t'impart, 

Thy Husband has in ftore. 

l 5> 

And when new Life impacted feem* 

Eftablifli'd as a Rock : 
Boalt in the Fountain, not the Streams, 

Thy Husband is thy Stock. 
The Streams may take a various Turn, 

The Fountain never moves : 
Ceafe then o'er failing Streams to mourn, 

Thy Husband thus thee proves. 
1 7. 
That glad thou may'ft, when Drops are gone, 

Joy in the fpacious Sea : 
When Incomes fail, then flill upon 

Thy Husband keep thine Eye. 
But can't thou look, nor moan thy Strait, 

So dark's the difmal Hour ? 
Yet as thou'rt able, cry and wait 

Thy Husband's Day cf Power, 

Tell him, though Sin prolong the Term, 

Yet Love can icarce delay : 
Thy Want, his Promife all affirm, 

Thy Husband muft not ftay. 


<)S Gospel Sonnets. 

Christ the Believer's enriching Treafure. 


KIND Jefus lives thy Life to be, 
Who mak'ft him thy Refuge ; 
And when he comes thou'it joy to fee ? 
Thy Husband fhall be Judge. 

Should paffing Troubles thee annoy, 

Without, within, or both ? 
Since endlefs Life thoi/lt then enjoy. 

Thy Husband piedg'd his Truth. 

What won't he, e'en in time, impart, 

That's for thy real Good ? 
He gave his Love, he gave his Heart, 

Thy Husband gave his Blood. 

He gives himfelf, and what mould more ? 

What can he then refufe ? 
If this won't pleafe thee, ah how r fore 

Thy Husband doll abufe ? 


Earth's Fruit, Heav'n's Dew lie won't deny, 

Whofe Eyes thy Need behold : 
Nought under or above the Sky, 

Thy Husband will withold. 
Doft LofTes grieve ? Since all is thine, 

What Lofs can thee befall ? 
^jll things for good to thce,cc??ibine % 

Thy Husband orders all. 

J Thou'rt 

Part II. The Believers Jointure. 99 

/ • 

Thou'rt not put ofFwith barren Leaves, 

Or Dung of earthly Pelf; 
More Wealth than Heav'n and Earth he gi/:s, 

Thy Husband's thine himfelf. 
Thou haft enough to flay thy Plaint, 

Elfe thou complain'it of Jb/afe ; 
For having all, don't fpeak of Want, 

Thy Husband may fufficc. 


From this thy Store, believing, take 

Wealth to the utmoft pitch : 
The Gold of Qphir cannot make, 

Thy Husband makes thee rich. 
Some, flying Gains acquire by Pains, 

And fome by plund'ring Toil, 
Such Treafure fades, but thine remains. 

Thy Husband's cannot fpoil. 

Christ the Believer's Adorning Garrtirau 


YE A, thou excel' ft in rich Attire, 
The Lamp that lights the Globe ; 
Fhy fparkling Garment Heav'ns admire, 
Thy Husband is thy Robe. 

This Raiment never waxes old, 

'Tis always new and clean : 
From Summer Heat, and Winter Cold, 

Thy Husband can thee skreen. 

F z All 

ico Gospel Sonnets, 


All who the Name of Worthies bore, 

Since Adam was undreft, 
No Worth acquir'd, but as they wore 

Thy Husband's purple Veil. 

This Linen fine can beautify, 

The Soul with Sin begirt ; 
O bkfi his Name that e'er on thee 

Thy Husband fpread his Skirt. 

Are Dunghills deck'd with Flowery Glore, 

Which Solomon's out-vie ? 
Sure thine is infinitely more, 

Thy Husband decks the Sky. 
Thy Hands could never work the Drefs, 

Bv Grace alone thou'rt gay. 
Grace vents and reigns through Righteoufnefs, 

Thy Husband's bright Array. 

To fpin thy Robe no more do ft need, 

Than Lillies toil tor theirs ; 
Out of his Bowels ev'ry Thread, 

Tny Husband thine prepares. 

Christ the Believer's fzveet Kourlft.meni. 


THY Food, conform to thine Array, 
Is heav'nly and divine; 
On Paftures green, where Angels play, 
Thy Husband feeds thee fine. 


Part II. The Believer's Jointure. 10* 

Angelick Food may make thee fair, 

And look with chearful Face; 
The Bread of Life, the double Share, 

Thy Husband's Love and Grace. 

What can he give, or thou defire, 

More than his Flefh and Blood i 
Let Angels wonder, Saints admire, 

Thy Husband is thy Food ! 

His Flefh the Incarnation bears, 

From whence thy Feeding flows; 
His Blood the Satisfaction clears, 

Thy Husband both bellows. 

Th* incarnate God a Sacrifice, 

To turn the wrathful Tide, 
Is Food for Faith ; that may fufSce 

Thy Husband's guilty Bride. 
This ftrength'ning Food may fit and fence, 

For Work and War to come ; 
'Till through the Crow J fome Moments hence* 

Thy Husband bring thee home. 


Where plenteous Feafting will fucceed 

To fcanty Feeding here : 
And joyful at the Table-head, 

Thy Husband fair appear. 
Then Crumbs to Banquets will give pLce* 

And Drops to Rivers new : 
While Heart and Eye will Face to Face 

Thy Husband ever view. 

F 3 CHAP, 

J02 Gospel Sonnets-. 

CHAP. If. 

Confaining the Marks and Chandler of the 
Be iever in Christ, together with fome 
farther Privileges and Grounds of Comfort 
to the Saints, 


Ccubting Believers called to examine, by Marks drawn 
ft cm their Love to him ar.d bis Preface, their 
View cf his Glory, and their being emptied of Self- 
P ighteoufnefsy &c. 

O O D News ! but fays the drooping Bride, 
y Ah !' what's all this to me ? 
Thou doubt'ft thy Right when Shadows hide 
Thy Husband's Face from thee. 
— *- Through Sin and Guik thy Spirit faints, 
And trembling fears thy Fate : 
But harbour not thy groundlefs Plaints, 
Thy Husband's Advent wait. 


Thou fob'ff, " O were I fure he's iwne, 

w This would give gladn'ning Eafe ;" 
And ky'ft, though Wants and Woes combine, 

Thy Husband would thee pleafe. 
But up, and down, and feidom clear, 

Inclos'd-with hellifh Ro.uts; 
Yet yield thou not, nor fofter Fear, 

Thy Husband hates thv Doubts. 

7 ' Thy 


PART H. The Believe)-'* Jointure. J 03 

Thy Cries and Tears may flighted feem > 

And barr'd from prefent Eafe -, 
Yet blame thyfelf, but never dream, 

Thy Husband's ill to pleafe. 
Thy jealous unbelieving Heart, 

Still droops, and knows not why ; 
Then prove thyfelf, to eafe thy Smarts 

Thy Husband bids thee try. 

1 ' 
The following Queftions put to thee> 

As Scripture Marks, may tell 
And fhew, whate'er thy Failings bey 

Thy Husband loves thee well. 



4R T thou content when he's away i 
Can Earth allay thy Pants ? 
nfcience witnefs, won't it fay r 
Thy Husband's all thou wants ? 
When he is near (though in a Crofs) 

And thee with Comfort feeds > 
Doft thou not count the Earth as Drofs* 
Thy Husband all thou needs ? 

In Duties art thou pleas'd or pain'd, 

When far he's out of view ? 
And finding him, think'ft all regain'd* 
Thy Husband always new ? 

Though once thou thought'fly while Sinai Miff 

And Darknefs compafs'd thee, 
Thou waft undone ; and glorious Chrift 
Thy Husband ne'er would be. 
F 4 

104 Gospel Sonnets. 

Yet know'A thou net a I ice, 

Or which it may be told, 
That there the Glorv of his Grace 

Thy Husband did unfold ? 
What heavenly Beams infiax , ^J y 

And Love's ieraphick Art, 
With Ha lid extol 

Thy Husband in thy Heart. 

ben hire wHhd all Adani* Race 
Had rith thee to gaze ? 

fond his comely Face, 
Husband might get Praife \ 
bov disjoin'd from other Lord* ? 
m fed'ral Law 
moft loving Gofpd-Cords> 
id kindly draws ? 

AVl than enlightened now, to fee 
Thy RighteQufneJi is naught 

But Rags that cannot cover Thee ? 

Thy Husband fa has taught. 
Doft fee thy beft Performances 

Deferve but Hell indeed \ 
And hence art led, renouncing t' 

Thy Hus:anu's Blood W pjc 
i r. 
When ftrengthen'd boldly to adcref? 

That gracious Throne of I 
Dofl find Ay Strength and Righteoufnefs 

Thy K^saand only U ; 


Part If. The Believer's Jointure, i o 5 

Can'ft thou thy moft exalted Frame 

Renounce, as withering Grafs, 
And firmly hold thine only Claim, 

Thy Husband's Worthinefs ? 

x 3- 

Can'ft pray with utmoft holy * Pith, 

And yet renounce thy Good ? 
And wafh not with thy Tears, but with 
Thy Husband's precious Blood ? 
* Vigour or Strength. 

SECT. 11. 

Believers de [crib ed from their Faith acting by divine Aid* 
and fifing quite out of themfehes to Christ, 


CA N nothing lefs thy Confcience eafe, 
And pleafe thy Heart \ no lefs 
Than that which Juftice fatisfies, 
Thy Husband's Righteoufnefs I 
Doft fee thy Works fo ftain'd with Sin, 

That thou through Grace art mov'd. 
To feek Acceptance only in 
Thy Husband the Belov'd ? 

Do' ft thou remind that once a- day 

Free Grace did ftrengthen thee, 
To gift thy guilty Soul away, 
Thy Husband's Bride to be ? 

Or doft thou mind the Day of Power, 

Wherein he broke thy Pride, 
And gain'd thy Heart ? O happy hour I 
Thy Husband caught the Bride ! 

F S -fie 

io6 Gospel S on n e t s. 

He did thy Enmity fubdue, 

Thy Bondage fad recal, 
MaJe thee to choofe, and clofe puifue, 

Thy Husband as thy All. 
What Reft, and-Peace, and Joy enfu'd, 

Upon this noble Choice ? 
Thy Heart with Flowers of Pleafure ftrew'd, 

Thy Husband made rejoice. 

Doft know thou ne'er could'ft him embrace^ 

'Till he embraced thee? 
Nor ever fee him, 'till his Face 

Thy Husband open'd free ? 
And findeft to this- very Hour, 

That this is (till the Charm ; 
Thou can'ft do nothing, 'till with Pow'r 

Thy Husband fhew his Arm ? 


Can'ft thou do nought by Nature, Art*. 

Or any Strength of thine, 
Until thv wicked froward Heart,. 

Thy Husbaad fhall incline ? 
But art thou, though without a Wing : 

Of Power aloft to flee, 
Yet able to do every thing, 

Thy Husband fhength'ning thee ? 
Doft- not alone at Duties fork, 

But foreign Aid enjoy ? 
And ftill in every piece of Work, 

Thy Husband's Strength employ,. 

Part II. The Believer's Jointure, icsf 


Thy Motion heav'nly is indeed, 

While thou by Faith doft move ; 
And ftill in ev'ry time of need, 

Thy Husband's Grace improve. 

No common natural Faith can fliew 

Its divine Brood" like this ; 
Whofe Objeft, Author, Feeder tooy 

Thy Husband only is. 

Doft thou by Fakir on him rely ? 

On him, not on thy Faith ? 
If Faith fhall with its Objc6t vie,-. 

Thy Husband's fet beneath. 

Their Hands receiving Facility, \ 

Poor Beggars never view ; 
But hold the royal Gift in Eye, 

Thy Husband fo wilt thou. 
Faith, like a gazing Eye, ne'er wait? 

To boaft its feeing Powers ; 
Its Object views, itfelf forgets, 

Thy Husband it adores. 

It humbly ftill itfelf denies, 

Nor brags its A&s at all ; 
Deep plung'd into its Objefl lies, 

Thy Husband is its ali. 

1 8. 
No Strength but his it has, and vaults, 

No Store but his can (how ; 
Hence nothing has, yet nothing wants^ 

Thy Husband trains it fo. 

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Faith, of its own, no Might can fhew, 

Elfe would itfelf deftroy ; 
But will for all it has to do, 

Thy Husband flill employ. 
Self-Saviours none could ever be, 

By Faith or Grace of theirs ; 
Their fruitlefs Toil fo high that flee, 

Thy Husband's Praife impairs. 
The feemingly devoteft Deed, 

That would with fhamelefs Brow, 
His faving Trade take o'er his Head. 

Thy Husband won't allow. 
Doft therefore thou to him alone 

Commit thy finful Soul ? 
Knowing of thy Salvation 

Thy Husband is the whole ? 


Believers charaflerifed by the Objefts and Purity of 
their Deftre, Delight, Joy, Hatred, and Love, dif- 
tovering they have the Spirit cf Christ. 


OST thou his Spirit's Conduct wait ? 
And when compar'd to this, 
All worldly Wifdom underrate ? 
Thy Husband waits to blefs. 
Tak'il: thou his Spirit for thy Guide*, 

Through Bacah Valley dry, 
Whofe Streams of Influences glide 
Thy Husband's Garden by? 


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In digging Wells here by his Power, 

Doft find it not in vain ? 
While here a Drop, and there a Show'r, 

Thy Husband makes to rain ? 

Hence doft thou through each weary Cafe, 

From Strength to Strength go on, 
From Faith to Faith, while Grace for Grace, 

Thy Husband gives anon ? 


The good, the gracious Work begun, 

And further'd by his Strength 
Shall profp'rous, tho' with Wreftling, win 

Thy Husband's Crown at length. 
Sin's Power and Prefence can'ft thou own, 

Is thy moft grievous Smart, 
That makes thee fob and weep alone ? 

Thy Husband knows thy Heart. 

Does Love to him make thee diftafte 

Thy Lufts with all their Charms ? 
And moft them loath'ft, when moft thou haft 

Thy Husband in thine Arms ? 
Are Cords of Love the fweeteft Ties, 

To bind the Duty-ways ? 
And beft thou ferv'ft, when moft thou fpies, 

Thy Husband's beauteous Rays? 

Didft ever thou thy Pardon read ^>^ 

In Tears of untold Joy ? 
When Mercy made thy Heart to bleed, 

Thy Hysband was not coy. 


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Do Pardons fweetly melt thy Heart ? 

And moft embitter Sin ? 
And make thee long with Drofs to part, 

Thy Husband's Throne to win ? 
1 1. 
Where he arifes Lufts to kill* 

Corruptions to deftroy, 
Does Gladnefs then thy Spirit fill ? 

Thy Husband is thy Joy. 
Doft thou his Perfon fair embrace 

Beyond his BleiBngs all ? 
Sure then thou boldly may'ft through Grace 

Thy Husband Jefus call. 

What Company doft thou prefer ? 

What Friends above the reft? 
Of all Relations every were,. 

Thy Husband is the beft, 
Whom in the Earth or Heaven doft thou: 

Moft ardently Jefire ? 
Is Love's afcending Spark unto 

Thy Husband fet on fire ? 

Haft thou a Hatred to his Foes, 

And doft their Courfe decline ?. 
Lov'ft thou his Saints, and dar'ft fuppofe. 

Thy- Husband's Friends are thine ? 
Doft thou their Talk and Walk efteem,. 

When moft divinely grave ? 
And favour'ft beft when moft they feenr. 

Thy Husband's Sp'rit to have I 


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BtVeven in Christ affecl his Council, Word, Or di^ 
nances, Appearance, full Enjoyment in Heaven, and 
fweet Pr fence here. 


WHERE go'ft thou firft when in a Strait, 
Or when with grief oppreft ? 
Flee'ft thou to him ? O happy Gate, 
Thy Husband is thy Reft. 
His Counfel feek'ft thou ftill prepared, 

Nor can'ft without him live ? 
Wifdom to guide, and Strength to guard. 
Thy Husband hath to give. 
Cm' ft thou produce no pleafant Pawn, 

Or Token of his Love ? 
Won't Signets, Bracelets, from this Hand 
Thy Husband's Kindnefs prove? 

Mind'it when he fent his healing Word.,^" 

Which darting from on high, 
Did Light and Life, and Joy afford ? 

Thy Husband* then was nigh. 


Can'ft thou the Promife fweet forget^ * ■ ■ ^ ^ 

He dropt into thy Heart ? 
Such gladning Power, and Love with it. 
Thy Husband did impart; 
r Doft thou affe£ his Dwelling-place, 
And mak'ft it thy Repair; 
Becaufe thine Eyes have feen thro* Grace, 
1 Thy Husband's Glory there ?■ 


n2 Gospel Sonnets. 

Doft love his great appearing Day, 

And thereon mufe with Joy ; 
When dusky Shades will flee away, 

Thy Husband Death deftroy ? 
Doft long to fee his glorious Face 

Within the h'gher Orb, 
Where humid Sorrows lofing Place, 

Thy Husband's Rays ahforb ? 


Long'ft to be free of every Fault, 

To bid all Sin adieu ? 
And mount the Hill, where glad thou ftialt 

Thy Husband's Glory view ? 
Life where it lives, Love where it loves, 

Will moft defire to be. 
Such Love-fick Longing plainly proves 

Thy Husband's Love to thee. 
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What is it beft can eafe thy Plaint, 

Spread Morning o'er thine Ev'n \ 
Is his Approach thy Heart's Content, 

Thy Husband's Prefence Heav'n ? 


And when deny'd this fweec Relief, 

Can'ft thou affert full well, 
His Hiding is thy greateft Grief, 

Thy Husband's Abfence Hell ? 

Let thy Experience be difclos'd - 3 

If Con/cience anfwer Yea 
To all the Queries here propos'd 

Thy Husband's thine for ay. 



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Pertain thefe Characters to thee ? 

Then Soul, begin and praife 
His glorious worthy Name, for he 

Thy Husband is always. 


The true Believer's Humility , Dependence, Zeal, 
Growth, Admiration of free Grace^ and Knowledge 
of Christ's Voice. 


PErhaps a Saint may figh and fay, 
" I fear I'm yet to learn 
c ' Thefe Marks of Marriage-Love*' yet ftay 
Thy Husband's Bowel's yearn. 
Tho' Darknefs may thy Light obfcure. 

And Storms furmount thy Calms, 
Day yield to Night, and thou be poor, 
Thy Husband yet has Alms. 

Doft fee thy felf an empty Brat, 

A poor unworthy Thing ? 
With Heart upon the Duft laid flat, 

Thy Husband there does reign. 

Art in thine own Efteem a Beaft, 

And doft thyfelf abhor ? 
The more thou haft of Self-diftafte, 

Thy Husband loves thee more. 

Can Hill breed no fuch wicked Elf, 

As thou in thine own fight ? 

Thou'ft got to fee thy filthy Self, 

Thy Husband's pureft Light. 


U4 Gospel Sonnets. 

Can'ft find no Names fo black, (o vile, 

With which thou would'ft compare, 
But cairft thy felf a Lump of Hell? 

Thy Husband calls thee fair. 

-When his kind Vifits make thee fee, 
He's precious, thou art viie, 
Then mark the Hand of God with thee, 
Thy Husband gives a Smile. 
He knows what Vifits fuit thy State, 

And tho' moft rare they be, 
It fets thee well on him to wait, 
Thy Husband waits on thee. 

Doll: fee thou art both poor and weak, 

And he both full and ftrong ? 
O don't his kind Delays miftake, 

Thy Husband comes ere long. 


Tho' during Sinai's ftormy Day, 

Thou dread'ft the difmal Blaft, 
And fear'it thou art a Caft-away, 

Thy Husband comes at laft. 
The glorious Sun will rife apace, 

And fpread his healing Wings, 
In fparkling Pomp of fov'reign Grace, 

Thy Husband Gladnefs brings. 


Can'ft thou, whate'er fhould come of thee,, 

Yet wifh his Zion well ? 
And joy in her Profperity, 

Thy Husband loves thy ZeaL 


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Doll: thou admire his Love to fome, 

Tho J thou (hould'ft never {hare I 
Mercy to thee will alio come, 

Thy Husband hath to fpare. 
Poor Soul! doft grieve for Want of Grace, 

And weep for want of Love, 
And Jefus feek'ft ? O hopeful Cafe ! 

Thy Husband lives above. 

1 '5- 

Regretting much thy falling (horr, 

Doft after more afpire ? ^ 

There's Hope in Ifrael for thy Sort, 

Thy Husband's thy Defire. frNJ 

Art thou well-pleas'd that fov'reign Grace 

Through Chrijl exalted be ? 
This Frame denotes no hopelefs Cafe, 

Thy Husband's pleas'd with thee. 

Could'ft love to be the tootftool low, 

On which his Throne might rife, 
Its pompous Grace around to (how ? 

Thy Husband does thee prize. 

If but a Glance of his fair Face, 

Can chear thee more than Wine ; 
Thou in his loying Heart haft place, 

Thy Husband place in thine. 

Doft make his Blood thy daily Bath ? 

His Word and Oath thy Stay? 
His Law of Love thy lightfome Path, 

Thy Husband is thy Way. 


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All Things within Earth's fpacious Womb, 

Doft count but Lofs and Dung, 
For one fweet Word in Seafon from 

Thy Husband's learned Tongue ? 
Skill to difcern and know his Voice 

From Words of Wit and Art, 
Will clearly prove thou art his Choice, 

Thy Husband thine in Heart. 


The pompous Words that Fops admire, 

May vagrant Fancy feaft ; 
But with Seraphick harmlefs Fire, 

Thy Husband's burn the Breaft. 


True Believers are willing to be tried and examined* 
Comforts arijing to them from Christ'j ready Sup- 
ply, real Sympathy , and relieving Names , fuiting 
their Needs. 

TH\ O S T thou upon thy trait'rous Heart 
■ J Still keep a jealous Eye I 
Moft willing that thine inward Part, 
Thy Husband ftriaiy try ? 


The thieving Crowd will hate the Light, 

Lead ftol'n Effects be {hown : 
But Truth defires what's wrong or right 

Thy Husband would make known. 

Doft then his trying Word await, 

Hisfearching Doclrine love ? 
Fond, left thou err through Self -Deceit, 
Thy Husband would thee prove ? 


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Does oft thy Mind with inward Smart 

Bewail thy Unbelief? 
And confcious fue from Plagues of Heart, 

Thy Husband for Relief? 

Why doubt'ft his Love ? and yet behold 

With him thou would'ft not part, 
For Thoufand Thoufand Earths of Gold, 

Thy Husband has thy Heart. 
Tho* Darknefs, Deadnefs, Unbelief, 

May all thy Soul attend ; 
Light, Life, and Faith's mature Relief, 

Thy Husband has to fend. 

Of wants annoying, why complain ? 

Supply arifes hence, 
What Gifts he has reciev'd for Men^ 

Thy Husband will difp<-nfe. 
He got them in's exalted State, 

For Rebels fuch as thou ; 
All then that's needful, good, or great, 

Thy Husband will allow. 

Thy Wants he fees, thy Cries he hears ; L- 

And marking all thy Moans, 
He in his Bottle keeps thy Tears, 

Thy Husband notes thy Groans. 
All thine Infirmites him touch, 

They ftrike bis feeling Heart $ 
His kindly Sympathy is fuch, 

Thy Husband finds the Smart. 


ii 8 Gospel Sonnets, 
i i. 

Whatever touches thee affe&s 

The Apple of his Eve ; 
Whatever Harms he therefore checks, 

Thy Husband's Aid is nigh. 


If Foes are fpar'd, thy Need is fuch, 

He flays them but in part : 
He can do all, and will do much, 

Thy Husband a£ts by Art. 


He often for the faddeft Hour 

Referves the fweeteft Aid : 
See how fuch Banners heretofore 

Thy Husband has difplay'd. 
Mind where he vouched his Good will* 

Sometimes at Hermon* Mount : 
In Jordan Land, at Mizar Hill, 

Thy Husband keeps the Count. 

At fundry Times, and divers 'Ways, 

To fuit thy various Frames, 
Haft feen, like rifing golden Rays, 

Thy Husband's various Names. 
When guilty Confcience gaftly ftai'd, 

Jehovah Tftdkefiu f, 
The Lord thy Righteoufnefs appear'd, 

Thy Husband in thy View. 

When in thy Straits or Wants extreme, 

Help faiPd on every fide, 
Jehovah Jireh X was his Name, 

Thy Husband did provide. 


* Pf. xlii. 6. f7<r. xxiii. 6. % G*». xxii. 14* 

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When thy long abfent Lord didft moan, 

And to his Courts repair ; 
Then was Jehovah * Sbummah known, 

Thy Husband prefent there. 
When thy affaulting Foes appear'd. 

In Robes of Terror clad, 
Jehovah NiJJi \ then was rear'd, 

Thy Husband's Banner fpread. 
When Furies arm'd with fright'ning Guilt, 

Dun'd War without Surceafe ; 
Jehovah Shalom % then was built, 

Thy Husband fent thee Peace. ~JU 
When thy Difeafes Death proclaim'd, 

And Creature-Balfams fail'd, 
Jehovah Rophi ij then was fam'd, 

Thy Husband kindly heal'd. 
Thus as thy various Needs require. 

In various Modes like thefe, 
The Help that fuitt thy Heart's Defire, 

Thy Husband's Name conveys. 

To th' little Flock as Cafes vary, 

The great Jehovah fhews 
Himfelf a little SanSfuary **, 

Thy Husband gives the Views. 


* Eze.k. xlviii. 35, + Exoel. xvii. 15. J Judg* vi. 24. 
II Exod* xv. 26. ** Eze&.xu 16. 

120 Gospel Sonnets. 

The Believer's Experience a/Christ's comfortable 
Prefence, or of former Comforts, to be improved for 
his Encouragement and Support under Darknefs and 


DOST mind the Place, the Spot of Land, 
Where Jefus did thee meet ? 
And how he got thy Heart and Hand ? 
Thy Husband then was fweet. 
Doft mind the Garden, Chamber, Bank, 

A Vale of Vifion feem'd ? 
Thy Joy was full, thy Heart was frank, 
Thy Husband much efteem'd. 


Let thy Experience fweet declare, 

If able to remind ; 
A Bccbim here, a Bethel there, 

Thy Husband made thee find. 

Was fuch a Corner, fpch a Place, 

A Paradife to thee, 
A Peniel, where Face to Face, 

Thy Husband fair didft fee ? 


There did he clear thy cloudy Caufe, 

Thy Doubts and Fears deftroy ; / 
And on thy Spirit feal'd he was, 

Thy Husband with great Joy ? 
Could'ft thou have faid it boldly then, 

And feal'd it with thy Blood ? 
Yea welcome Death with Pleafure, when 

Thy Husband by thee flood. 


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That Earth again (hpulJ thee enfnare, 

O how thy Heart was pain'd. 
For all its fading Glory there, 

Thy Husband's Beauty ftain'd. 
The Thoughts of living more in Sin, 

Were then like Hell to thee ; 
The Life of Heav'n did thus begin, 

Thy Husband fet thee free. 

Whatever thou found'fl: him at thy beft, . . 

He's at thy worft the fame ; 
And in his Love will ever reft. 

Thy Husband holds his Claim. 
Let Faith thefe Vifits keep in Store, 

Tho' Senfe the Pleafure mils \ 
The God of Bethel as before, 

Thy Husband always is. 

1 r. 
In meafuring bib* Approaches kind, 

And timing his Defcems ; 
In free and fov'reign Ways thou'lt find 

Thy Husband thee prevents. 
Prefcribe not to him in thy Heart, 

He's infinitely wile. 
How oft he throws his loving Dart* 

Thy Husband does furprife. 

Perhaps a fudden Gale thee blefr, 

While walking; in thv Road ; 
Ur on a Journey ere thou wift, 

Thy Husband look'd thee broad, 

G Thus 

IJ22 Gospel Sonnets. 

Thus was the Eunuch fam'd, (his Stage 

A riding on the way, 
.As he revolv'd the facred Page,) 

Thy Husband's happy Prey. 


In Hearing, Reading, Singing, Pray'r 

When Darknefs compafs'd thee, 
'Thou found'ft or e'er thou waft aware, 
Thy Husband's Light'ning free. 
1 6. 
Of Heav'nly Gales don't meanly think, 

For tho' thy Soul complains, 
They're but a fhort and paffmg Blink, 
Thy Husband's Love remains. 
Think not, tho' Breezes hafte away, 

Thou doft his Favour lofe ; 
But learn to know his fovereign Way, 
Thv Husband comes and goes. 
; 18. 

Don't fay he's gone for ever, tho' 

His Vifits he adjourn ; 
For yet a little while, and lo 
Thy Husband will return. 
In Worfhip foetal, or retir'd, 

Doft thou his Abfence wail ? ^ 
Wait at his Shore, and be not fear d, 
Thy Husband's Ship's a-fail. 
1 20. 

Yea. tho' in Duties Senfe may mifs 

Thy Soul's beloved one ; ^ 
Yet do not faint, for never is 
Thy Husband wholly gene. 

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Tho' Satan, Sin, Earth, Hell at once, 

Wou'd thee of Joy bereave ; 
Mind what hefaid, he won't renounce, 

Thy Husband will not leave. 
Tho' Foes aflail, and Friendfhip fail. 

Thou haft a Friend at Court ; 
The Gates of Hell (hall ne'er prevail, 

Thy Husband is thy Fort. 


Comfort f* Believers from the Stability of the Pro- 
wife, notwithjlanding heavy ChaJiifemenU for Situ 


TAKE well howe'er kind Wifdom may 
Difpofe thy pre fen t Lot ; 
Tho' Heaven -and Earth fhouid pafs away, 
Thy Husband's Love will not. 
All needful Help he will afford, 

Thou hail: his Vow and Oath ; 
And once to violate his Word, 
Thy Husband will be loth. 

To Fire and Floods with thee he'll down. 

His Promife this infures 5 
Whofe Credit cannot burn nor drown, 

Thy Husband's Truth endures. 

Doft thou no more his Word believe, 

As mortal Man's Forfeoth ? 

O do not thus his Spirit grieve, 

Thy Husband is the Truth. 

G 2 Tho' 

224 Gospel Sonnets. 

Tho' thou both wicked art and weak, 

His Word he'll never rue; 
Tho' Heaven and Earth fhould blend and break, 

Thy Husband will be true. 
I'll never leave thee is his Vow ; 

If Truth has faid the Word, 
While Truth is Truth, this Word is true, 

Thy Husband is the Lord. 

Thy Covenant of Duties may 

Prove daily moll unfure: 
His Covenant of Grace for ay, 
Thy Husband does fecure. 
. Doft thou to him thy Promife break, 
\ And fear he break to thee ? 

Nay, not thy thoufand Crimes can make, 
Thy Husband once to lye. 

He Vtjit will thy Sins with Strokes y 

And lift his heavy Hand ; 
But never once his Word revokes, 

Thy Husband's Truth will ftand. 


a Then dream not he is changed in Love, 
When thou art chang'd in Frame ; 
Thou mayft by Turns unnumber'd move, 
Thy Husband's ay the fame. 
He for thy Follies may thee bind 
With Cords of great Diftrefs -, 
To make thee moan thy Sins, and mind 
Thy Husband's Holinefs. 


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By Wounds he makes thee feek his Cure, ^\^ 

By Frowns his Favour prize ; 
By Falls affrighting ftand more fure 5 

Thy Husband is fo wife. 

Proud Peter in the Dirt of Vice 

Fell down exceeding low ; 
His tow'ring Pride by tumbling thrice, 

Thy Husband cured fo. 

Before he fuffer Pride that fwells, 

He'll drag thee through the Mire, 
Of Sins, Temptations, little Hells, 

Thy Husband faves by Fire. 


He in Affiidtion's Mortar may 

Squeefe out old Adam's Juice, 
Till thou return to him, and fay, 

Thy Husband is thy Choice. 
Fierce Billows may thy Veffel tofs, 

And Crofles Curfes feem ; 
But that the Curfe has fled the Crofs,. 

Thy Husband bids thee deem. 
Conclude not he in Wrath drowns, -** 

When Trouble thee furrounds ; 
Thefe are his favourable Frowns, 

Thy Husband's healing Wounds. 
Yea, when he gives the deepeft Lath, 

Love leads the wounded Hand : 
His Stroke, when Sin has got a Dafh^ 

Thy Husband will remand* 

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ospel Sonnets, 


Qmfort to Believers, in Christ's Relations, in his 
dying Lc've, kis Glory in Heaven, to which he will 
Uad them through Death, and fupply with all N§- 
tbe Way, 

Ehold the Patrimony broad, 
That fails to thee by Line \ 
In him thou art an Heir of God, 
Thy Husband's Father's thine. 

He is cf Relatives a Store, 

Thy Friend will help in Thral! ; 
I hy Brother much, thy Father more, 
Thy Husband moil: of all. 


A!) thefe he does amafs and fiiare, 

In waj s that meft excel : 
'Mong all the Husbands ever were, 

Thy Husband bears the B> 


.r.ce run the Streams of al! thy Good, 
But from his pierced Side ; 

ich 1 quid Gold of precious Blood, 
Thy Husband bought his Bride. 

His Blood abundant Value bore, 
To make his Purchafe broad, 
'Tvvas fair Divinity in Gore, 
Thy Husband is thy God. 
Who purchas'd at the higheft Price, 

Be crown'd with higheft Praife j 
For in the higheft Paradife, 
'Thy Husband wears the Bavs. 


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He is of Heaven the comely Rcfe, 

His Beauty makes it fair ; 
Heaven were but Hell, could'ft thou fuppofe 5 

Thy Husband were not there. 
He thither diJ in Pomp afcend 

His Spoufe along to bring ; 
That Hallelujahs without End 

Thy Husband's Bride may fing. 

E'en there with him forever fix'd, 

His Glory (halt thou fee ; 
And nought but Death is now betwixt 

Thy Husband's Throne and thee. 
He'll order Death, that Porter rude, 

To ope the Gates of Brafs ; 
For lo, with Characters of Blood, 

Thy Husband wrote thy Pafs. 
1 1. 
At Jordan deep then be not fcar'd^ 

Tho' difmal-like and broad ; 
Thy Sun will guide, thy Shield will guards 

Thy Husband pav'd the Road. 
He'll lead thee fafe, and bring thee Home, 

And ftill let Bleffings fall ; 
Of Grace while here, 'till Glory come. 

Thy Husband's bound for all. 

His Store can anfwer every Bill, 

Thy Food and Raiment's bought j 
Be at his Will, thou'lt have thy Fill, 

Thy Husband wants for nought. 

G 4 What 

128 Gospel Sonnets, 
i 4 . 

What can thy Soul conceive it lacks? 

His Store, his Power is thine - r 
His lib'ral Heart to lib'ral A&s, 

Thy Husband does incline. 

Tbo' on thy Hand that has no Might, 

He fhould thy Task enlarge ; 
Nor Work, nor Warfare, needs thee fright, 

Thy Husband bears the Charge, 
Thou would'ft (if left) thy felf undo, 

So apt to fall and ftray : 
But he uplifts, and leads thee too, 

Thy Husband knows the Way. 


Comfort to Believers fern the Text, Thy Maker 
is thy Husband, inverted thus, Thy Husband is 

thy Maker ', and the Coichfon of this Subjeft. 


OF Light and Life, of Grace and Glore a 
In Chrifi thou art Partaker. 
Rejoice in him for evermore, 
Thy Husband is thy Maker. 
He made thee, yea, made thee his Bride, 

Nor, heeds thine ugiy Patch ; 
To what he made he'll (till abide, 
Thy Husband made the Match. 

He made all, yea, he made all thine, 

All to thee (hall be given. 
Who can thy Kingdom undermine ? 
Thv Husband made the Heav'ff. 


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What earthly Thing can thee annoy ? 

He made the Earth to be : 
The Waters cannot thee deftroy, 

Thy Husband made the Sea. 

Don't fear the flaming Element, 

Thee hurt with burning Ire ; 
Or that the fcorching Heat torment 3 

Thy Husband made the Fire. 
Infe^ious Steams fhall ne'er deftroy. 

While he is plea'd to fpare ; 
Thou (halt thy vital Breath enjoy, 

Thy Husband made the Air, 

The Sun that guides the golden Day, 

The Moon that rules the Night, 
The iiarry Frame, the Milky-way, , 

Thy Husband made for Light. 
The Bird that wings its airy Path, 

The Fi(h that cuts the Flood, 
The creeping Crowd that fwarms beneatfr, 

Thy Husband made for good, 


The grazing Herd, the Beafis of Prey, 

The Creatures great and fmall, 
For thy Behoof their Tribute pay, 

Thy Husband made them all. 
Thine's Ptfw/, ApolIos y Life and Deatb D 

Things prefent, Things to be. 
And every Thing that Being hath, 

Thy Husband made for thee. 

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130 Gospel S o n n e t;s. 

In Tcphet of the damn'd's Refort, 

Thy Soul (hall never dwell; 
Nor needs from thence imagine Hurt, 

Thy Husband formed Hell. 
Satan with Inftruments of his 

May rage, yet dread no evil -, 
So far as he a Creature is, 

Thy Husband made the Devil. 

His black Temptations may affli£r, 

His fiery Darts annoy ; 
But all his Works, and hellifh Trick, 

Thy Husband will deftroy. 
Let Armies ftrong of earthly Gods, 

Combine with hellifh Ghofts, 
They live, or languifh, at his Nods > 

Thy Husband's Lord of Hofls. 


What can thee hurt, whom doft thou fear? 

All things, are at his Call. 
Thy Maker is thy Husband dear, 

Thy Husband* All in All. 
What doft thou feek, what doft thou want ? 

He'll thy Defires fulfil ; 
He gave himfelf, what won't he grant ? 

Thy Husband's at thy Will. 
The more thou doft of him defire, 

The more he loves to give : 
High let thy mounting Aims afpire, 

Thy Husband gives thee Leave. 


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1 8. 
The lefs thou feek'ft, the lefs thou doft 

His Bounty fet on high \ 
But higheft Seekers here do moft 

Thy Husband glorify, 

Wouldftthou have Grace, well ; but 'tis meeC : 

He fhould more Glory gain ; 
Wouldft thou have Father, Son, and Sp'rit, 

Thy Husband fays. Amen. 
He'll kindly afl the liberal God, 

Devifing liberal Things ; 
With royal Gifts his Subjects load. 

Thy Husband's King of Kings, 
No earthly Monarchs have fuch Store^ 

As thou haft even in hand ; 
But O how infinitely more, 

Thy Husband gives on Band. 
Thou haft indeed the better Part, . 

The Part will fail thee never : . 
Thy Husband's Hand, thy Husband's Heart, 

Thy Husband's All for ever. 

The END of the POEM upon Ifa. liv. 5. 

C 6 G O S P E L 


O R, 


PART in. 

The Believer's Riddle: 

O R, 

The P R E F A C E. 

Shewing, the Ufe and Defign of die R i d d l e. 

13 Fader, the following Enigmatic k Song 
Does not to. zvije/i Natural! (Is belong ; 
Their Wifdom is but Folly on this Head, 

. here may ruminate, but cannot read. 
Forth? they glance tbelVords, the Meaning chokcSj 

nn but not the Paradox. 
The Sub}: ft will, hcwe'er the Phrafi be blunt, 
acute ir/.elllgence fur mount, 

natural aud acquired Sight y 
not divine evangclick Light. 

.V their Fancies, rack their Br aim ', 
: a La. car loft their Pains : 

J Tbeir 

Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 133 

Their wife ft Comments zuere but witlefs Chat, 
Unapt to frame an Explication pat. 
No unregenerate Mortal's left Engines ', 
Can right unriddle thefe few rugged Lines ;■ 
Nor any proper Notions thereof reach, 
Tbo' fublimated to the highefl Stretch. 
Mafters of Reafon, plodding Men of Senfe, 
Who fcorn to mortify their vain Pretence 9 
In this myfterious Deep might plod their Fill, 
It overtops the Top of all their Skill. 
The mors they vainly huff, and fcorn to ready. 
The more it does their foolifh Wit exceed. 

Thefe Sinners that are fancliffd in party 
May read this Riddle truly in their Heart. 
Yea, weakefl Saints may feel its truefl Senfe y 
Both in their fad and fweet Experience. 
Don't overlook it with a rambling View, 
And rafh fuppofe it, neither good nor true, 
Let Heav'n's pure Oracles the Truth decide* 
Renounce it, if it carft that Teft abide. 
Noble Bereansy^tf the Senfe may hit 9 
Who found the divine Depth of f acred Writ, 
Not by wfm-t airy carnal Reafon faith, 
But by the golden Line of Heav'n-fpun Faith* 

Let not the naughty Phrafe make you difprove 
The weighty Matter which deferves your Love. 
High Strains would fpoil the Riddle's grand Intent', 
7o teach the weakefl, moft illiterate Saint, 
That Mahanaim is his proper Name 5, 
In whom two flruggling Hofts make bloody Game. 
That fuch. may know y whofe Knowledge is but ruak^ 
Hovj Goodconfifts with III, and III with Good. 
That Saints be neither at their worft nor bejl., 
Too much exalted, or too much depreft. 

This Paradox is fitted to difclofe 
The Skill of Zion's Friends above her Foesy 


2 34 Gospel Sonnets. 

To difference by Light that Heaven tranfmits 
Some happy Fools from miferable Wits. 
And thus [if blefit) it may in feme Degree 
Make Feels their Wit-> and Wits their Folly fa. 
Slight no t the Riddle then like Jargon vile, 
Becaufe not garnijh'd with a pompous Stile. 
Could tV Author aft the lofty Poet's Part, 
Who make their Sonnets far on Wings of Art, 
He on this Theme had blujh'd to ufe his Skill, 
And cither dipt his Wings, or broke his Quill. 

Why this Enigma climbs fuch divine Heights, 
As fcorn to be adorn' d with human Flights, 
Thefe gaudy Strains would lovely Truth difgrace, 
l.ts'pureji Paint deforms a comely Face. 
Hcav''ns Myjleries are above Art's Ornament, 
ImmWfely brighter than it's bright ejl Paint. 
No fowling Literature could e'er outwit 
The plainejl Diftion fetch' d from J acred Writ ; 
By which nicer blazing Rhet crick is outdone, 
As twinkling Stars are by the radiant Sun. 
The faring Orators, who can with Eafs 
Strain the Qiiinteffence of Hyperboles, 
And clothe the bareft Theme with pure/} Drefs, 
Might here expatiate much, yet fay the Lfs, 
IfwV th y Mojcfiical Simplicity 
Of Scripture Orafry, they difagree. 

Thefe Line* pretend not to affeft the Sky 9 
Content among inghritnts Shades to lie, 
Provided f acred Truth be fitly clad, 
Or glorious foine even through the dusky Shade. 
Mark then, th'J you fiould mifs the gilded Strain, 
If \ihcy a Store of golden Truth contain : 
Nor under -rate a fiewel rare and prime, 
Tho' wrnpt up in the Rags of homely Rhime. 

Tho 9 haughty Deifts hardly (loop to fay, 
That Nature's Night has need of Scripture-Day ; 

Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 135 

Yet Gofpel-Light alone will clearly Jhew, 
How ev'ry Sentence here is jujl and true, 
Expel the Shades that may the Mind involve,. 
Jind foon the feeming Contradiclion folve. 
All fatal Errors in the IVor Id proceed 
From want of Skill fucb Myfteries to read. 
Vain Men the double Branch of Trade divide ', 
Hold by the one, and flight the other Side. 
Hence proud Arminians cannot reconcile 
Freedom of Grace with Freedom of the Will* 
The blinded Papift won't difcern nor fee, 
How Works are good, unlefs they jujlify. 
Thus Legalifts diftinguifh not the Odds, 
Between their home-bred Righteoufnefs and God' s^ 
Antinomies the Saints Perfection plead, 
Nor duly fever 'tween them and their Head. 
Socinians won't thefe feeming Gdds agree, 
How Heav'n is bought, and yet Salvation free. 
Bold Arians hate to reconcile or fcan, 
How Chrift is truly God, and truly Man. 
Holding the one part of Immanuel'i Name, 
The other part outrageoufly blafpheme. 
The Sound in Faith no part of Truth controle y 
Hereticks own the half, but not the whole. 

Keep then the facred Myfi'ryflill entire, 
To both the Sides of Truth due Favour bear, 
Not quitting one, to hold the other Branch, 
But pajfing Judgment on an equal Bench. 
The Riddle has two Feet, and were but one 
Gut off, Truth falling to the ground were gone*. 
'Tis all a Contradiclion, yet all true, 
And happy Truth, if verify' d in you. 
Go fcrivard then to read the Lines, but flay 
To read the Riddle alfo by the Way. 


136 Gospel Sonnets. 


The My fiery of the Saints Pedigree, and efpecially cf 
their Relation /oChris t's wonderful Perfon* 


MY Life's a Maze of feeming Traps* 
A Scene cf Mercies and Mifhaps > 
A Heap of jarring To~and-froes, 
A Field of Joys, a Flood of Woes*. 

I'm in mine own, and others Eyes, 
A Labyrinth of Myfteries. 
I'm fomething that from nothing came*. 
Yet fure it is I nothing am* 


Once was I dead, and blind, and lame, 
Yea I continue ftill the fame ; 
Yet what I was, I am no more, 
Nor ever {hall be as before. 

My Father lives, my father's gone* 
My vital Head both loft and won. 
My Parents cruel are and kind, 
Of one and of a different Mind. 

, 5- 

My father poifonM me to Death, 
My Mother's Hand willftop my Breath ; 
Her Womb that once my Subftance gave, 
Will very quickly be my Grave* 


Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 137 

My Sifters all my Flefh will eat, 
My Brethren tread me under Feet ; 
My neareft Friends are moil einkind, 
My greateft Foe's my greateft Friend. 


He could from Feud to Friendfhip pafs, 
Yet never change from what he was, 
He is my Father, he alone, 
Who is my Father's only Son. 

I am his Mother's Son, yet more, 
A Son his Mother never bore : 
But born of him, and yet aver 
His Father's Sons my Mother were, 

I am divorc'd, yet married ftill, 
With full Confent, againft my Will. 
My Husband prefent is, yet gone* 
We differ much, yet ftill are one* 

He is the Firft, the Laft, the AH,' 
Yet number'd up with Infers fmalL 
The firft of all Things, yet alone 
The fecond of the great Three-One, 

A Creature never could he be,. 
Yet is a Creature ftrange I fee ; 
And own this uncreated one, 
The Son of Man, yet no Man's Son> 

He's omniprefent all may know - y 
Yet never could be wholly fo. 
His Manhood is not here and there, 
Yet he is God-man every where. 


i 3 8 

Gospel Sonnets. 


He comes and goes, none can him trace, 
Yet never could he change his Phce. 
But tho' he's good, and every where, 
No Good's in Hell, yet he is there. 

I by him, in him chofen was, 
Yet of the Choice hejs not the Caufe : 
For fov'reign Mercy ne'er was bought, 
Yet through his Blood a Vent it fought. 

I5 ' 

In him concenter'd at his Death 

His Father's Love, his Father's Wrath, 

E'en he whom Paffion never feiz'd, 

Was then moft angry, when moft pleas' J. 

Juftice requir'd that he fhould die, 
Who yet was flain unrighteoufly ; 
And died in Mercy and in Wrath, 
A lawful and a lawlefs Death. 

With him I neither liv'd nor dy'd, 
And yet with him was crucify'd. 
Law-Curfes ftopt his Breath, that he 
Might flop its Mouth from curfing me. 

'Tis now a thoufand Years and moe, 
Since Heav'n receiv'd him ; yet I know 
When he afcended up on high 
To mount the Throne, even fo did I. 

Hence tho' Earth's Dunghill I embrace, 
I fit with him in heav'nly Place* 
In divers diftant Orbs I move, 
Inthrali'd below? inthron'd above. 


Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 139 

The Myjlery of the Saint's Life, State and Frame. 


MY Life's a Pleaftire and a Pain 
A real Lofs, a real Gain j 
A glorious Paradife of Jo)s, 
A grievous Prifon of Annoys. 

I daily joy, and daily mourn, 
Yet daily wait the Tide's Return : 
Then Sorrow deep my Spirit chears, 
I'm joyful in a Flood of Tears. 


Good Caufe I have fti;I to be fad, 
Good Reafon always te be glad. 
Hence ftill my Joys with Sorrows meet, 
And ftill my Tears are bitter- fweet. 

I'm croft, and yet have all my Will, 
I'm always empty, always full. 
I hunger now, and thirft no more, 
Yet do more eager than before. 

With Meat and Drink, indeed I'm bleft,. 
Yet feed on Hunger, drink on Thirft. 
My Hunger brings a plenteous Store, 
My Plenty makes me hunger more. 

Strange is the Place of my Abode, 
I dwell at Home, I dwell Abroad. 
I am not where all Men me fee, 
But where I never yet could be. 


140 Gospel Sonnets. 


I'm full of Hell, yet full of Heav'n, 
I'm ftill upright, yet ftill unev'n. 
Imperfect, jet a perfect Saint, 
I'm ever poor, vet never want 

No mortal Eye fees God and lives, 
YetSight of him my Soul revives. 
I live beft when I fee moil bright, 
Yet live by Faith and not by Sight, 

I'm lib'ral, yet have nought to fpare, 
Mod richly cloth'd, yet ftript and bare. 
My Stock is rifen by my Fall, 
For having Nothing, I haye 

I'm finful, yet I have no Sin ; 
All fpotted o'er, yet wholly cleso* 
Blacknefs and Beauty both I {hare, 
A hellifh Black, a heavenly Fair. 

1 1. 
They're of the Dev'l, who fin amain \ 
But I'm of God, yet Sin retain : 
This Traitor vile the Throne aflumes, 
Prevails yet never overcomes. 

I'm without Guile an Ifra'Iite, 
Yet like a guileful Hypocrite ; 
Maintaining Truth in th' inward Part, 
With Falfhood rooted in mv Heart. 


Two Matters fure I cannot ferve, 
But muft from one regardlefs fvverve ; 
Yet Self is for my Mafter known, 
And Jefus is my Lord alone. 


Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 141 

I feek myfelf incefTantly, 
Yet daily do my felf deny. 
To me 'tis lawful evermore, 
Myfelf to love and to abhor. 


Glad in this World I live, yet fee 

I'm dead to it, and it to me. 
My Joy is endlefs, yet at beft 
Does hardlv for a Moment laft. 


M)Jlcrles about the Saints Work and Warfare, Sins, 
Sorrows, and jfoys. 


TH E Work is great I'm call'd unto, 
Yet nothing's left for me to do : 
Hence for my Work Heav'n has prepar'd, 
No Wages, yet a great Reward* 

To Works, but not to working dead, 
From Sin, but not from finning freed; 
I clear myfelf from no Offence, 
Yet wafh my Hands in Innocence. 

My Father's Anger burns like Fire, 
Without a Spark of furious Ire : 
Tho' ftill my Sins difpleafmg be, 
Yet ftill I know he's pleas'd with ire. 

Triumphing is my conftant Trade, 
Who yet am oft a Captive led ? 
My bloody War does never ceafe. 
Yet I maintain a liable Peace, 

142 Gospel Sonnets. 

My Foes aflaulting conquer me, 
Yet ne'er obtain the Victory ; 
For all my Battles loft or won, 
Were gain'd before they were begun. 

I'm ftill at Eafe, and ftill oppreft, 
Have conftant Trouble, conftant Reft: 
Both clear and cloudy, free and bound: 
Both dead and living, loft and found. 

Sin for my Good does work and win ; 
Yet 'tis not good for me to fin. 
My Pleafure iflues from my Pain; 
My Loffes ftill increafe my Gain. 

I'm heal'd even when my Plagues abound, 
Cover'd with Duft ev'n when I'm crown'd : 
As low as Death, when living high, 
Nor fhall I live, yet cannot die. 

For all my Sins my Heart is fad, 
Since God's difhonour'd ; yet I'm glad, 
Tho' once I was a Slave to Sin, 
Since God does thereby Honour win. 

My Sins are ever in his Eye, 
Yet he beholds no Sin in me : 
His Mind that keeps them all in Store 
Will yet remember them no more. 

1 r. 
"Becaufe my Sins are great I feel, 
Great Fears of heavy Wrath ; yet ftill 
For Mercy feek, for Pardon wait, 
Becaufe my Sins are very great. 

I he 

Part III. Tbe Believer's Riddle. 143 

I hope, when plung'd into Defpair, *— ■■ ■ 
I tremble when I have no Fear. 
Pardons difpel my Griefs and Fears, 
And yet diilblve my Heart in Tears. 


Myfteries in Faith'* Extractions, Way and Walk^ 
Prayers and Jnfwers, Heights and Depths, Fear 
and Love. 


WITH Wafps and Bees mybufyBHl, 
Sucks Iil from Good, and Good from HI, 
Humil'ty makes my Pride to grow. 
And Pride afpiring lays me low. 

My Standing does my Fall procure, 
My Falling makes me (land more fure. 
My Poifon does my Phyfick prove, 
My Enmity provokes my Love. 


Jvly Poverty infers my Wealth, 
My Sicknefs ilTues in my Health : 
My Hardnefs tends to make me foft, 
And killings Things do cure me oft, 

While high Attainments caft me down, 
My deep Abafements raife me foon : 
My beft Things oft have evil Brood, 
My word Things v/ork my greateft Good. * * 

My inward Foes that me alarm, 
Breed me much Hurt, yet little Harm : 
I get no Good by them, yet fee 
To my chief Good they caufe me flee. 


144 Gospel Sonnets. 

They reach to me a deadly Stroke, 
Yet fend me to my living Rock. 
They make me long for Canaan 's Banks, 
Yet fure I owe them little Thanks. 


I travel, yet ftand firm and faft ; 

I run, but yet I make no Hafte. 
I take a Way both old and new, 
Within my Sight, vet out of View. 

My Way diredls me in the Way, 
And will not fuffer me tfrftray : 
Tho' high and out of Sight it be, 
I'm in the Way, the Way's in me. 

? Tis ftraight, yet full of Heights and Depths, 
I keep the Way, the Way me keeps. 
And being that to which I tend, 
My very Way's my Journey's End. 

When I'm in Company I groan, 
Becaufe I then am moft alone 3 
Yet in my clofeft Secrecy, 
I'm joyful in my Company. 

1 1. 
I'm heard afar without a Noife, 
I cry without a lifted Voice : 
Still moving in Devotion's Sphere, 
Yet feldom fleady perfevcre. 

I'm heard when anfwer'd foon or late. 
And heard when I no Anfwer get ; 
Yfca, kindly anfwer'd, whenrefus'd, 
Aad friendly treat when harlhly us'd. 


Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 145 

My fervent Pray'rs ne'er did prevail, 
Nor e'er of Prevalency fail. 
I wreftle 'till my Strength be fpent, 
Yet yield when ftrong Recruits are fent. 

I languifh for mv Husband's Charms, 
Yet faint away when in his Arms. 
My fweeteft Health does Sicknefs prove ; 
When Love me heals, I'm fick of Love, 


I am moft merry when I'm fad ; 
Moft full of Sorrow when I'm glad : 
Moft precious when I am moit vile, 
And moft at Home when in Exile* 

My bafe and honourable Birth 
Excites my Mourning and my Mirth. 
I'm poor, yet ftock'd with untold Rent, 
Moft weak and yet omnipotent. 

On Earth there's none fo great and high* 
Nor yet fo low and mean as I : 
None or fo foolifh, or fo wife 5 
So often fall, fo often rife. 

I feeing him I never faw, 
Serve without Fear, and yet with Awe: 
Tho' Love when perfect, Fear remove j 
Yet moft I fear when moft I love. 

All things are lawful unto me, 
Yet many Things unlawful be : 
To f ime I perfedt Hatted bear, 
Yet keep the Law of Love entire. 

h rj*, 

146 Gospel Sonnets, 

I'm bound to love my Friends, but yet 

I fin unlefs I do them hate : 

J am oblig'd to hate my Foes, 

Yet bound to love, and pray for thofe. 

Heart-Love to Man I'm call'd t'impart, 
Yet God flill calls for all my Heart. 
I do him and his Service both,, 
By Nature love, by Nature loath. 


Myfleries about Fkjh and Spirit^ Liberty and Bondage 
Life and Death* 


MUCH tike my Heart both falfe and true, 
I have a Name both old and new> 
No new Thm-g is beneath the Sun, 
Yet all is new, and old Things gone. 

Tho 5 in my Fleih dwells no good Thing, 
Yet Cbrift in me 1 joyful fing. 
Sin I confefs, and I deny, 
por tho' I fm it is not I. 

I fin againft, and with my Will, 
I'm innocent, yet guilty fci!l. 
Tho' fain I'd be the greateft Saint, 
To be the leaft I'd be content. 

Tvly Lownefs may my Height evince, 
I'm both a beggar and a Prince. 
With meaneft ^u^jecis 1 . ppear, 
With Kings a Royal Sceptre bear* 


Part III. We Believer's Riddle. 147 

I'm both unfettei'd and involved, 
By Law condemn'd, by Law abfolv'd; 
My Guilt condignly punifh'd fee, 
Yet I the guilty Wretch go free. 

My Gain did by my Lofs begin -, 
My Righteoufnefs commenced by Sin % 
My perfect Peace by bloody Strife : 
Life is my Death, and Death my Life. 

I'm (in this prefent Life I know) 
A Captive and a Freeman too ; 
And tho' my Death can't fet me free r 
It will perfect my Liberty. 

I am not worth one dufly Grain, 

Yet more than Worlds of golden Gain ; 

Tho' worthlefs I myfelf indite, 

Yet fhall as worthy walk in white, d ' 


The Myfiery of free j unification thro' Christ's Oh* 
dience and Satisfaction. 


NO Creature ever could or will 
For Sin yield Satisfaction full ; 
Yet Juftice from toe Creature's Hand, 
Both fought and got its full Demand. 

Hence tho' I am, as well I know, 
A Debtor, yet I nothing owe. 
My Creditor has nought to fay, 
Yet never had I augbc to pay. 

H* He 

148 Gospel Sonnet ag 

3 • 

He freely pardon'd every Mite, 
Yet would no fingle Farthing quit. 
Hence every Blifs that foils to me, 
Is dearly bought, yet wholly free. 

All Pardon that I need, I have, 
Yet daily Pardon need to crave. 
The Law's Arreft keeps me in awe, 
But yet 'gainft me there is no Law. 


Tho' Truth my juft Damnation crave, 
Yet Truth's engag'd my Soul to fave. 
My whole Salvation conies by this, 
Fair Truth and Mercy's mutual Kifs. 

Law-Breakers ne'er its Curfe have mifr, 
But I ne'er kept it, yet am bleft. 
I can't bejuftify'd by it, 
And yet it can't but- me acquit. 


I'm not oblig'd to keep it more, 
Yet more oblig'd than e'er before. 
By perfect doing Life I find, 
Yet do and live no more me bind. 

Thefe Terms no Change can undergo, 
Yet fweetly chang'd they are ; for lo 
My Doings caus'd my Life, but now 
My Life's the Caufe that makes me do. 

Tho' Works of Righteoufrefs I ftore, 
Yet Right eoufnefs of Works abhor ; 
For Righteoufnefs without a Flaw, 
Is Right eoufnefs without the Law.* 

* Rom, iii. 20, 21, 2. 


Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 149 


In Duty's Way I'm bound to He, 
Yet out of Duty's bound to fly : 
Hence Merit I renounce with Shame, 
Yet Right to Life by Merit claim. 

1 r. 
Merit of perfect Righteoufnefs 
I never had, yet never mifs : 
On this Condition 1 have all, 
Yet all is unconditional. 


Tho' freeft Mercy I implore, 
Yet I am fafe on Juftice fcore ; 
Which never could the Guilty free* 
Yet fully clears moft guilty me. 


*The Myjiery of 'God the Jujlifier^ Rom. iii. 26. juflU 
jied both in his "Jujiifying and Condemning \ or Soul- 
Jujiification and Self- Condemnation. 


MY Jefus needs not fave, yet mufl y, 
He is my Hope, I am his Truft. 
He paid the double Debt well-known, 
To be all mine, yet all his own. 

Hence tho' I ne'er had more or lefs 
Of Juftice-pleafing Righteoufnefs, 
Yet here is one wrought to my Hand, 
As full as Juftice can demand. 

By this my Judge is more appeas'd, 
Than e'er my Sin his Honour laes'd. 
Yea, Juftice can't be pleas'd fo well, 
By all the Torments born in Hell. 

H 3 Full 


15° Gospel Sonnet 


Full Satisfaction here is fuch, 

As Hell can never yield fo much ; 

Tho' Juflice therefore might me damn. 

Yet by more Juftice fav'd I am. 
v 5. 

Here every divine Property 

Is to the highcfl fet on high ; 
Hence God his Glory would injure* 
If my Salvation were not lure. 


My Pep.ce and Safety lie in this, 
My Creditor my Surety is. 
The Judgment-Day 1 dregd the lefs, 
My Judge is made my Righteoufnefs *. 

He paid out for a Bankrupt-Crew, 
The Debt that to him-feif was due $ 
And fatisfy'd himfelf for me, 
When he did Juftice fatisfy. 

He to the Law, tho' Lord of it, 
Did moft obediently fubmit, 
What he ne'er broke, and yet muft die* 
I never kept, yet I've muft I. 

^ 9. 

The Law which him its Keeper kuTd, 

In me its Breaker is fulfilled ; 

Yea magnify'd and honour'd more* 
Than Sin defae'd it e'er before. 

Hence tho' the Law condemn at large, 
It can lay nothing to my Charge ; 
Nor find fuch Ground to challenge me, 
As Heaven hath found to juftify. 

* 1 Or, i. 30. 


Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 151 
1 1. 

But tho' he freely me remit, 
I never can myfelf acquit. 

My Judge condemns me not, I grant,- ^0^* 
Yet Juftify myfelf 1 can't. 

From him I have a Pardon got, ^ „ n 

But yet myfelf I pardon not. 
His rich Forgivenefs ftill I have,, 
Yet never can myfelf forgive. 


The more he's toward me appeas'd, » ■ ■■■■ 

The more I'm with myfelf difpleas'd. 
The more I am abfolv'd by him, 
The more I do myfelf condemn. 

When he in Heav'n dooms me to dwell, 
Then I adjudge myfelf to Hell ; 
Yet ftill I to his Judgment 'gree, 
And clear him for abfolving me. 

Thus he clears me and I him clear, 
I juftify my Juflifier. 
Let him condemn or juftify, 
From all Injuftice I him free. 


The Myftery of Sancl if cation imperfcel in this Life ; 
or the Believer doing all and doing nothing. 


MINE Arms embrace my God, yet I 
Had never Arms to reach fo high j 
His Arms alone me holds, yet lo, 
I hold and will not let him go. 

B 4 I do 

152 Gospel Sonnets. 

I do according to his Call, 
And \et not 1, but he docs all ; 
But tho' he works to will and do, 
I without Force work freely too. 

His Will and mine agree full well, 
Yet iTajree like Heav'n and Hell. 
Jlis Nature's mine, arid mine is his,. 
Yet fo was never that nor this. 

I know him and his Name, yet own 
He and his Name can ne'er be known. 
His gracious Coming makes me do, 
I know he comes, yet know not how. 

T have no Good but what he gave,. 
Yet he commends the Gocd I have. 
And tho' my Good to him afcends, 
My Goodnefs to him ne'er extends. 

J take hold of his Cov'nant free, 
But find it muft take hold of me. 
?m bound to keep it, yet 'tis Bail, 
And bound to keep me without fail. 

The Bond on my part cannot lajr, 
Y et on both Sides Rand* firm and fall, 
I break my Bands at every Shock, 
Yet never is the Bargain broke. 


Daily, alas! I difobey, 
Yet yield Obedience every Day. 
I'm an imperfea perfeft Man, 
Tha,t can do all*, yet nothing can. 

Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 15,3 

I'm from beneath, and from above, 
A Child of Wrath, a Child of Love. 
A Stranger e'en where all me know, 
A Pilgrim, yet I no where go. 

I trade abroad, yet ftay at home y 
My Tabernacle is my Tomb. 
I can be prifon'd yet abroad, 
Bound Hand and Foot, yet walk with God. 


The Myjlery of various Names given to Saints : Or the 
Flefo and Spirit defer ibed from inanimate Things?. 
Vegetables ^ and Scnfitives. 


TO tell the World my proper Name, 
Is both my Glorv and my Shame: 
For like my black but comely Face, 
My Name is Sin, my Name is Grace, 

Moft fitly I'm aflimilate 
To various Things inariunate ; 
A {landing Lake, a running Flood, 
A fixed Star,, a palling Cloud. 


A Cake unturn'd, nor cold, nor hot \ 
A Veflel found, a broken Pot : 
A rifing Sun, a drooping Wing, 
A flinty Rock, a flowing Spring. 

A rotten Beam, a virid Stem, 
A menftruous Cloth, a royal Gem : 
A Garden barr'd, an open Field, 
A gliding Stream, a Fountain feal'd. 

H 5 Of 


Gospel Sonnets. 

Of various Vegetables fee 

A fair and lively Map in me. 

A fragrant Rofe, a noifom Weed, 

A rotting, yet immortal Seed. 

I'm withering Grafs, and growing Corn} 
A pleafant Plant, an irkfora Thorn ; 
An empty Vine, a fruitful Tree ; 
tg An humble Shrub, a Cedar high. 

A h 6x10 lis Briar, a harmTefs Pine; 

A feplefs Twig, a bleeding Vine : 
A liable Fir, a pliant Bjfh, 
A noble Oak, a naughty Ru(h. 

' 8. 
^ ith Senfithes I may compare, 
While I their various Natures fhare : 
Their diilincT: Names may juftly fute 
A ftrange, a reafonable Brute. 

The facred Page my State defcribes 

i reptile Tribes, 
Fro:: . beauteous Birds, 

From fearing Hofts, ana fwinifh Herds, 
" J with Beads of different Kinds.. 
With f| iteful Tigers, loving Hinds. 

:i Creatur ; iguifh'd Forms, 

With mounting Eagles, creeping Worms. 

i r. 
A ' ' f each Sort I am, 

a harm'efs Lamb 5 


art lit. The Believer's Riddle. 155 

AflothfulOwl, abufyAnt, 
A Dove to mourn, a Lark to chant ; 
And with lefs Equals to compare, 
An ugly Toad an Angel fair. 


The Myjiery of the Saints old and new Man further 
defer ibed ; and the Means cf their f fir it ual Life* ■ 


TEmptitions breed me much annoy. 
Yet divers fuch I count all Joy. 
On Earth I fee Confufions reel, 
Yet Wifdom ordering all Things well. 

tfleep, yet have a waking Ear, 
I'm blind and deaf, yet fee and hear : 
Dumb, yet cry Abba Father^ plain, 
Born only once, yet born again. 

My He:rt's a Mirrour dim and bright, 

A Compound ft range of Day and Night: 

Of Dung and Diamonds, Drofs and Gold, . 

Of Summer Heat, and Winter Cold. 

Down like a Stone I fink and dive, 
Yet daily upward foar and thrive. 
To Heav'n I flee, to Earth I tend, 
Still better grow, yet never mend. 

My Heaven and Glory's fure to me, 
Tho' thereof feldom fure I be : 
Yet what makes me the furer is, 
God is my Glory, I am h : s. 

H6 My 

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My Life's expos'd to open View, 
Yet clofeiy hid, and known to few. 
Some know my Place, and whence I came* 
Yet neither whence, nor where I am. 

I live in Earth, which is not odd, 
But lo, I alfo live in God , 
A Spirit without Flefh and Blood, 
Yet vi |.h them both to yield me Food. 

I live what others live upon, 
Yet live I not on Bread alone ; 
But Food adapted to my Mind, 
Bare Words, yet not on empty Wind. 


I'm no Anthropophagite rude, 

Tho' fed with human Flefh and Blood, 
But live fuperlatively fine, 
My Food's all Spirit, all divine* 

I feaft on Fulnefs Night and Day, 
Yet pinch'd for Want I pine away. 
My Leannefs, Leannefs, ah ! I cry, 
Yet fat and full of Sap am I. 

As a'l amphibious Creatures do, 
I live in Land and Water too : 
To Good and Evil equal bent, 
I'm both a Devil and a Saint. 

To Duty feldom I adhere, 
Yet to the End I perfevere. 
I die and rot beneath the Clod, 
Ytt live and reign as long as God* 

S E C T, 

Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 157 


The Myjlery of Christ, his Names> Natures and 


MY Lord appears, awake, my Soul, 
Admire his Name, the lVonderful % 
An infinite and finite Mind, 
Eternity and Time conjoin'd. 

The everlafting Father ftiPd, 
Yet lately born, the Virgin's Child. 
Nor Father he, nor Mother had, 
Yet full with both Relations clad. 

His Titles differ and accord, 
As David's Son, and David's Lord. 
Through Earth and Hell how conquering rocta 
The dying Man, the rifmg God ! 


My Nature is Corruption doom'd ; 
Yet when my Nature he aflum'd, 
He nor on him (to drink the Brook) 
My Perfon nor Corruption took. 

Yet he aflum'd my Sin and Guilt, 
For which the noble Blood was fpilt. 
Great was the Guilt-o'erftowing Flood, 
The Creature's and Creator's Blood ! 

The Chief of Chiefs amazing came, 
To bear the Glory and the Shame; 
Anointed Chief with Oil of Joy, 
CrQwn'd Chief with Thorns of {harp Annoy. 

Lo 3 

1 5^ Gospel Sonnets. 

Lo, in his white and ruddy Face, 
Rofes and Lilies ftrive for Place ; 
The Morning Star, the riling Sun 
With equal Speed and Splendor run. 

How glorious is the Churches Head, 
The Sun of God, the Woman's Seed ! 
How fearchlefs is his noble Clan, 
The firft, the laft, the fecond Man ! 

With equal Brightnefs in his Face, 

Shines divine Juftice, divine Grace ; 

The jarring Glories kindly meet, 

Stern Vengeance, and Companion fweet. 

God is a Spirit, feems it odd 
To fing aloud the Blood of God , 
Yea, hence my Peace and Joy refult, 
And here my lading Hope is built. 

1 1. 
Love through his Blord a Vent has fought, 
Yet divine Love was never bought: 
Mercy could never purchas'd be, 
Yet every Mercy purchas'd he. 


Has triple Station bought my Peace, 
The Altar, Prieft, and Sacrifice ; 
His triple Office every thing, 
My Prieft, my Prophet is, and King. 

This King, who only Man became, 
Is both the Lion and the Lamb ; 
A King of Kings, and Kingdoms broad j 
A Servant both to Man and Gcd. 


Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 159 

This Prophet kind himfeli has fet, 
To be my Book and Alphabet, 
And every needful Letter plain, 
Alpha, Omega, and Amen. 


Tin My fiery of the Believer'* mixed State further 
enlarged ; aud bis getting Good out of Evil. 


BEhold, I'm all defil'd with Sin,, 
Yet lo, all glorious am within. 
In Egypt and in Gofhen dwell, 
Still movelefs, and in Motion £1 ill . 

Unto the Name that moft I dread, 
I flee with joyful Wings and Speed, 
My daily Hope does mod: depend, • 
On him I daily moS offend. 

AH things agalnft me are combinV, 

Yet working for my Good, I find. 
I'm rich in midft of Poverties, 
And happy in my Miferies. 

Oft my Comforter fends me Grief, 
My Helper fends me no Relief. 
Yet herein my Advantage lies, 
That Help and Comfort he denies. 

As Seamfters into Pieces cut 
The Cloth they into Form would put, 
He cuts me; down to make me up, 
And empties me to fill my Cup. 

I nev-sx 

160 Gospel Sonnets, 

I never can myfelf enjoy, 
'Till he my woful Self deftroy ; 
And moft of all myfelf I am, 
When moft I do myfelf difclaim. 


I glory in Infirmities, 

Yet daily am afham'd of thefe : 

Yea, all my PriJe gives up the Ghoft, 

When once I but begin to boaft. 

My Chymiftry is moft exacl, 
Heav'n out of Hell I do extract : 
This Art to me a Tribute brings 
Of ufeful out of hurtful Things. 

I learn to draw Well out of Woe, 
And thus to difappoint the Foe . 
The Thorns that in my Flefh abide. 
Do prick the Tympany of Pride. 


By wounding Foils the Field I win, 
And Sin itfelf deftroy s my Sin : 
My Lufts break on another's Pate. 
And each Corruption kills its Mate. 

1 1. 
I fmell the Bait, I feel the Harm 
Of corrupt Ways, and take th' Alarm. 
I taffe the Bitternefs of Sin, 
And then to relifh Grace begin. 


I hear the Fools profanely talk, ■ 
Thence Wifdom learn in Word and Walk ; 
I fee them throng the Paflage broad, 
And learn to take the narrow Road, 


Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 161 

y~b e Myjlery of the Saints Adverfaries and Adver- 


A Lump of Woe AfHiftion is, 
Yet thence I borrow Lumps of Blifs : 
Tho' few can fee a Blefling in't, 
It is my Furnace and my Mint. 


Its Sharpnefs does my Lufts difpatch j 

Its Suddennefs alarms my Watch j 

Its Bitternefs refines my Tafte ; 

And weans me from the Creature's Breaft. 

Its Weightinefs doth try my Back, 
That Faith and Patience be not flack : 
It is a fanning Wind, whereby 
1 am unchafPd "of Vanity. 

A Furnace to refine my Grace* 
A Wing to lift my Soul apace ; 
Hence Kill the more I fob diftreft, 
The more I fing my endlefs Reft. 

Mine Enemies that feek my Hurt, 
Of all their bad Deligns come fhort ; 
They ferve me duly to my Mind, 
With Favours which they ne'er defign'd. 

The Fury of my Foes makes me, 
Faft to my peaceful Refuge flee : 
And every perfecuting Elf 
Does make me underfrand my felf. 


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Their Slanders cannot work my Shame, 
Their vile Reproaches raife my Name : 
In Peace with Beav'n my Soul can dwell, 
E'en when they damn me down to Hell. 

Their Fury can't the Treaty harm, 
Their Paftion does my Pity warm : 
Their Madnefs only calms my Blood, 
By doing Hurt, they do me Good, 

They are my fordid Slaves I wot, 
My Drudges tho' they know it not : 
They a£t to mfe a kindly Part 
With little Kindness in their Heart. 


They fweep my outer Houfe when foulj 
Yea wafh my inner filth of Soul : 
They help to purge away my Blot, 
For Moab is my Waftiing-Pot. 


The Myjlery cf the Believer'* Pardon and Security 
fro?n revenging IVrath, noiwithjlanding Ins Sin s 


ITho' from Condemnation free, 
Find fuch Condemnables in me, 
As makes more heavy Wrath my Due, 
Than falls on all the damned Crew. 

But tho' my Crimes deferve the Pit, 
I'm no more liable to it ; 
Remiffion feal'd with Blood and Death, 
Secures me from deferved Wrath, 


Part III. Tfo Believer** Riddle. 163 

And having now a Pardon free, 

To Hell obnoxious cannot be, 

Nor to a Threat, except * anent * about. 

Paternal Wrath and Chaftifement. 

My Soul may oft be filPd indeed 
With flavilh Fear and hellifh Dread; 
This from my Unbelief does fpring, 
My Faith fpeak* out fome better Thing* 

Faith fees no legal Guilt again, 
Tho* Sin and its Defert remain : 
Some hidden Wonders hence refult, 
I'm full of Sin, yet free of 'Guilt. 

Guilt is the legal Bond or Knot, 
That binds to Wrath and Vengeance hot* 
But Sin may be where Guilt's away, 
And Guilt where Sin could never ftay. 

Guilt without any Sin has been, 
As in my Surety may be feen $ 
The Ele&'s Guilt upon him came, 
Yet ftill he was the Holy Lamb. 

Sin without Guilt may likewife be, 
As may appear in pardon'd me : 
For tho' my Sin, alas ! does ftay, 
Yet Pardon takes the Guilt away. 

Thus freed I am, yet ftill involv'd, 
A guilty Sinner, yet abfolv'd : 
Tho' Pardon leave no Guilt behind, 
Yet Sin's Defert remains I find. 


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Guilt and Demerit differ here, 
Tho' oft their Names confounded are : 
I'm guilty in my j elf always, 
Since Sin's Dement ever {lays. 

Yet in my Head I'm always free 
From proper Guilt affecting me ; 
Becaufe my Surety's Blood cancell'd, 
The Bond of Curies once me held. 

The Guilt that Pardon did divorce 
From legal Threat'nings drew its Force ; 
But Sin's Defert that lodges ftill, 
Is drawn from "Sin's intrinfick 111. 

Were Guilt nought elfe but Sin's Defert* 
Of Pardon I'd renounce my Part 5 
For were I now in Heaven to dwell* 
I'd own my Sins deferved Hell. 

This does mv hi^hefl Wonder move 
At matchlefs juftifying Love: 
That thus fecures from endlefs Death, 
A Wretch delerving double Wrath. 


Tho' well mv b'ack Defert I know, 
Yet I'm not liable to Woe : 
While full and complete Righteoufnefs, 
Imputed for my Freedom is. 
Hence my Security from Wrath, 
As firmly {lands on Jefus' Death ; 
As does mv Title unto Heaven, 
Upon bis great Obedience given* 


Part III. The Believer's Riddle. 165 

. I 7- 
The Sentence Heaven did full pronounce, 
Has pardon'd all my Sins at once ; 
And e'en from future Crimes acquit, 
Before I could the Fadts commit, 

I'm always in a pardon'd State 
Before and after Sin; but yet 
That vainly I prefume not hence, 
I'm feldom pardon'd to my Senfe. 

Sin brings a Vengeance^ on my Head, 
Tho' from avenging Wrath I'm freed. 
And tho' my Sins all pardon'd be, 
Their Pardon's not apply d to me. 

Thus tho' I need no Pardon more, v- — 
Yet need new Pardons every Hour, 
In Point of Application free, 
Lord, wafti anew, and pardon me. 


The Myjiery of Faith and Sight, of which more, 
Part vi. Chap. 4. 


STrange Contradictions me befall, 
I can't believe unlefs 1 fee ; 
Yet never can believe at all, 

'Tiil once I (hut the feeing Eye. 
When Sight of fweet Experience 

Can give my Faith no helping Hand, 
The Sight of found Intelligence 
Will give It ample Ground to ftand. 

I walk 

1 66 Gospel Sonnets. 

I walk by Faith, and not by Sight, 
Yet Knowledge does my Faith refound, 

(Which cannot walk but in the Light,) 
E'en when Experience runs a-ground, 

4- ' 
By Knowledge my difceming Eve, 

In divine Light the Object's fhown ; 
By Faith I take, and clofe apply 

The glorious Object as mine own, 


My Faith thus ftands on divine Light, 

Believing what it clearly fees \ 
Yet Faith is oppofite to Sight ; 

Trufting its Ear, and not ics Eyes. 
Faith lift'ning to a fweet Report, 

Still comes by Hearing, not by Sight; 
Yet is not Faith of faring Sort, 

But when it fees in divine Light. 
In Fears I fpend my vital Breath, 

In Doubts I wafte my paffing Years ; 
Yet ftill the Life I live is Faith, 

The Oppofite of Doubts and Fears. 
'Tween clearing Faith and clouding Senfe. 

I walk in Darknefs and in Light. 
I'm certain oft, when in Sufpenfe, 

While fure by Faith, and not by Sight. 


Part III. Hoe Believer's Riddle. 167 


The Myjlery of Faith and Works^ and Rewards of 
Grace and Debt. 

I. Of Faith and Works, 


HE that in Word offendeth not, 
Is call'd a perfect Man I wot ; 
Yet he whofe Thoughts and Deeds are bad, 
The Law Perfection never had. 

I am defign'd a perfect Soul, 
E'en tho' I never kept the whole, 
Nor any Precept ; for 'tis known, 
He breaks them all that breaks but one^ 

By Faith I do Perfecfion claim, 
By Works I never grafp the Name: 
Yet without Works my Faith is nought. 
And thereby no Perfection brought. 

Works without Faith will never fpeed, 
Faith without Works is wholly dead : 
Yet I am juflify'd by Faith, 
Which no Law- Work adjutant hath, 

Yea Gofpel-Works no Help can lend 5 , 
Tho^ ftill they do my Faith atcend : 
Yet Faith hy^ Works is perfefi made, 
And by their Prefence juttify'd. 

But Works with Faith could never vye, 
And only Faith can jaftify : 
Yet ftill my juftifying Faith, 
Nojuftifymg Value "bath. 


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Lo juftif. ing Grace from Heav'n, 
Is foreign Ware, and freely given : 
And faving Faith is well content 
To be a meer Recipient. 

Faith's aftive in my Sanftity ; 
But here its A£t it will deny, 
And frankly own it never went 
Beyond a pajjive Inftrument. 

I labour much like holy Paid, V 

And yet not I, but Grace does all : 

I try to fpread my little Sails, 

And wait for powerful moving Gaks. 


When Power's convey'd I work, but fee 

*Tis ftill his Power that works in me. 

I am an Agent at his Call, 

Yet nothing am, for Grace is all. 

II. Of Rewards of Grace and Debt* 


IN all my Works I ftill regard 
The Recompenfe of full Reward ; 
Yet fuch my Working is withal, 
I look for no Reward at all. 


God's my Reward exceeding great. 
No lefler Heaven than this I wait : 
But where's the earning Work fo broad, 
To fet me up an Heir of God. 

Rewards of Debt, Rewards of Grace, 
Are O r pofites in every Cafe ; 
Yet f u e I am they'll both agree, 
Mott jointly in rewarding me. 


P a r t I II. The Believer's Riddle. 169 

Tho' Hell's my juft Reward for Sin, 
Heav'n as my jult Reward I'll win. 
Both thefe my juft Rewards I know, 
Yet truly neither of them fo. 

Hell can't in Juftice be my Lot, 
Since Juftice Satisfaflion got ; 
Nor Heav'n in Juftice be my Share, 
Since Mercy only brings me there. 

Yet Heav'n is mine by folemn Oath, 
In Juftice and in Mercy both : 
And God in Chriji is all my Truft, a_ 
Becaufe he's merciful and juft. 


HE R E is the Riddle, where's the Man 
Of Judgment to expound ? 
For Majlers fam'd that cannot fcan, 
In Jfracl may be found. 

Wejuftiy thefe in Wifdom's Lift 

Eftablifh'd Saints may call, 
Whofe bitter-fweet Experience bleft 

Can clearly grafp it all. 

Some Babes in Grace may mint and mai^ 

Yet aiming right fucceed : 
But Strangers they in Ifrael are, 

Who not at all can read. 




O R, 



The Believe r's Lodging and Inn 

while on Earth : 

O R, 

yf Poem ^^ Paraph rafe upon Pfal. Ixxxiv. 

Verfe I. How amiable are thy Tabernacles^ O Lord 
of Ho/is ! 

7Ehovah, Father, Son, and Holy Gjioft, 
Sole Monarch of the univerfkl Holt, 
Whom the attendant Armies ftiU revere, 
Which in bright Robe fun ound the iigher Sphere : 
Wfaofe Sov'rei^n Empire fways thehellifh liand 
Of ranked Legion^ in th' infernal Land : 
Who hold'it the Earth at thy linrivall'ci Beck, 
Andftay'ft proud Forces with a humbling Check ; 
E'en thou whofe Name commands an awful Dread, 
Yet deigns to dwul with Man in very Deed. 

O what 

Part IV. 7be Believer's Lodging. iyi 

O what RefrePnment fills the Dwelling-Place, 

Of thine exurberant unbounded Grice! 

h with fweet Power does Joy and Praife extort, 
In Zi&n's Tents thine ever-lov'd Reforr. 

Where uLdmng Streams of LViercv from above, 
Make Souls brim full of warm Seraphic Love. 
Of fweetefl Odours ail thy Garment f r.ells, -) 

Thy difmal Abfence proves a thou fa rid Hells, (. 

But Heav'ns of Joy are where thine Honour dwells. 3 

Verfe z r My Soul lorrgeth^ yea even faint eth^ for the 
Courts of the Lord'. My Heart and Fiejh crieth out 
for the living God, 

Therefore on thee I center my Deure, 
Which vehemently burfts out in ardent Fire. 
Deprived, ah ! I languid) in my Plaint, 
My Bones . r: feeble, and m.' Spirits fdnt. 
longing Soul pants to behold again, 
Thy Temple fili'd with thy Majeftiek Train. 
Thefe Palaces with heav'nly Odour flrew'd, 
And Regal Courts, where 'Lion s King is view'd : 
To fee the Beauty of the H'gheft One, 
Upon his holy Mount, his lofty Throne : 
Whence Virtue running from the living Head, 
Reftores the Dying, and revives the Dead. 
For him, my Heart with Cries repeated founds, 
To which my Flelh with Echoes loud rebounds ; 
For him, for him, who Life in Death can give 3 
for him, for him. whofe lole Prerogative^ 
Is from, and to, Eternity to live. 

Verfe 3. Yea the Sparrow hath found anHoufe^ and 
the a Neji for he felf where /he may lay 

her young ; even thine Altar 7, O Lord of ' H'Jts, my 
King and my God, 

' How from thy lovely Dwellings I, 
Long banifh'd do the happy Birds envy 5 

I z Which 


172 Gospel Sonnets. 

Which choofing thy high Altars for their Neft, 
On Rafters of thy Tabernacle reft 
Here dwells the Sparrow of a chirping Tongue, 
And here the Swallow lays her tender young : 
Faint Sacrilege ! they feize the facred Spot, 
And feem to giory o'er my abfent Lot: 
Yet fure I have more fpecial Right to thee, 
Than all the brutal Hofts of Earth and Sea ; 
That Sovereign at whofe Government they bow, 
Is wholly mine by his eternal Vow ; 
My King to rule my Heart, and quell my Foes, 
My God t'extracT: my Weil from prefent Woes, 
And crown with endlefs Glory at the Clofe. 

Verfe 4. Bleffed are they that dwell in thy Houfe % 
they will beffill praifwg thee. 

O happy they that haunt thy Houfe below, 

And to thy Royal Sanctuary flow : 

Not for itfelf, but for the glorious One, 

Who there inhabits his erecled Throne. 

Others pafs by, but here their Dwelling is ; 

O happy People crown'd with Bays of Blifs! 

Bleft with thefplendid Luftre of his Face, 

Bleft with the high melodious Sound of Grace, 

That wakens Souls into a fweet Amaze, 

And turns their Spirits to a Harp of Praife ; 

Which loudly makes the lower Temple ring, 

With Hallelujahs to the mighty King : 

And thus they antedate the nobler Song 

Of that celeftial and triumphant Throng, 

Who warble Notes of Praife Eternity along. 

Ver. 5. Bleffed is the Man ivhofe Strength is in thee— 

What Weights of Bills their happy Shoulders load, 

Whofe Strength lies treafurM in a potent God ? 

Self-drained Souls, yet flowing to the Brim, 

Becaufe void in themfelves, but full in him. 


Pa p t IV. T/e Believer's LcJgirg. 173 

Adam the Firft difcufs'd their Stock of Strength, 

The Second well retnev'J the Sum at length : 

Who keepft himfelf, a furer Hand indeed, 

To give not as they lift, but as they need, 

When raging Furies threaten fudden Harms, 

He then extends his everlafting Arms ; 

When Satan drives his pointed fiery Darts, 

He gives them Courage and undaunted Hearts, 

To quell his deadly Force with divine Skill, 

And adds new Strength to do their Sov'reign's Will. 

When fore harrafs'd by fome outrageous Luft, 

He levelling its Power unto the Dull, 

Makes Saints to own him worthy of their Truft. 


Verfe 6. In whofe Hearts are the Ways of them, who 
faffing through the Valley of Baca, make it a Well > 
the Rain alfo filleth the Pools, 

Such Heav'n-born Souls are not to Earth confin'd, 
Truth's Highway fills their elevated Mind : 
They bound for Zion, prefs with forward Aim, 
As IfraeVs Males to old Jerufalem y 
Their holy Path lies through a parched Land, 
Through Oppofitions num'rous and grand. 
Traverfing fcorched Defarts, ragged Rocks, 
And Baca's wither'd Vale like thirfty Flocks i 
Yet with unfhaken Vigour homeward go, 
Not mov'd by all oppofing Harms below. 
They digging Wells on this Gilboa Top, 
The Vale of Achor yields a Door of Hope ? 
For Heaven in Plenty does their Labour crown* 
By making filver Showers to trickle down : 
'Till empty Pools im : ibe a pleafant Fill, 
And weary Souls are hearten'd up the Hill, 
By mafiy Drops of Joy which down diftil. 

I 3 Verfe 

i?4 Gospel Sonnets. 

Verfc 7. They go from Strength to Strength, everyone 

of them appeareth in Zion bfore God. 
Thus they ref; efhed by fuperior Aid, 
Are not ck fatigued nor difmsy'd, 
Eeca-jfe they are, O Truth of awful Dread ! 
As potent 25 Jehovah in their Herd. 
Hence they (hall travel with triumphant Minds, 
In fpile of ragged Paths and boift'rous Winds. 
The rougheil VVays their Vigour ne'er abater 
Each new Alfiult their Strength redintegrates. 
When they, through mortal Blows fcerrfto give o'er, 
Their Strength but intermitting gathers mere. 
And thus they with unweary'd Zeal endu'd, 
S:il as they journev have their Strength renewed. 
So glerious is the Race that once begun, 
Each one contends his Fellow to out-run : 
'Ti I all uniting in a glorious Band, 
Before the Lamb's high Throne adoring ftand. 
And harp his lofty Praife in Zion Land. 
Verfe 8. O Lord God of Ho ft s hear my Prayer, give 

Ear, O Gcd cf Jacob. 
Great God of numerous Hotis, who reigns alone 
The fofe PofTeflcr of th' Imperial Throne ; 
Since mental Taftes of thy delicious Grace, 
So fweetly relifh in thy holy Place : 
This is the Subject: of my tabled Pray'r, 
To have the Vifion of thy Glory there. 
O let my Cry pierce the ethereal Frame, 
And Mercy's Echo follow down the fame. 
Ornnifcient Being, favour my Def re, 
Hide not thy Good nefs in paternal Ire: 
Why thou haft given in an eternal Band, 
To Jacob and his Seed thy Roval Hand, 
And promised by thy facred Deity, 1 

His King and covenanted God to be, > 

Therefore my Hopes are ceiiur'd all in thee. \ 


Part IV. The Believer s Lodging. 175 

Verfe 9. Behold, O God our Shield, and look upon the 

Face cf thine Anointed. 
Omnipotent, whofe Armour none can wield, 
Zion f $ great Buckler and defenfive Shield ; 
Thv pire untainted Eves cannot behold 
Deformed Mortals in thtrir finful Mold ; 
Unlefi their Names be graved 0:1 the Bread 
Of" Z/Ws holy confecrated Pi ieft. 
When they rrs white and glorious Garment wear, 
Then Sin and Guilt both wholly difappear : 
Becaufe o'erwhdmed in the crimfon Flood, 
And Ocean of a dying Surety's Blood ; 
They alfo, veiled with his rj iant Grace, 
Reflect the Luftre of his holy Face. 
They're not themfelvts now, but divinely trim ; 
For wh > ly what they are, they are in him : 
And hence Jehovah's all-difcerhing Eye 
Cannot in them efpy Deformity ; 
Then look on him, Lord, and in him on me. 

Verfe 10. For a Day in thy Courts is better than a 
Thoufand : I had rathe*- be a Door-Keeper in tht 
Houfe of my God, than dwell in the Tents cf JVick- 

May IpofFefs as thy domeftick Child, 

The Houfe that fey Jebovaffs Name is fl-.l'J : 

For Royal Glo.i^s deck rhefe Courts of thine, 
Which wi:h m:ijj jl ic!c Ra*s to brightly flrne, 
That fhould mv \Uvd prefent an Earth of Gold, 
As full of worldly Joys as Earth can hold ; 
Sweet Grace io ti s thy Houfe, I'd grudge to fpare 
One Moment here* for thoufand Ages there. 
No earthly ObjecVt in, 11 my Love confine, 
Tnat Being which pofiefies ad is mine : 
My Spirit therefore rather would embrace 
The rneaneii Office in his holy Place, 

1 4 * And 


Gospel Sonnets. 

And by theThrefhoM of his Houfe within, 

Than fit in Splendor on a Throne of Sin. 

In Jefus* Courts I'd choofe the lowed Place, 

A* his Saints Feet, (o I might fee his Face, 

Yea, tho' my Lamp of ontward Peace fhould burn ) 

Moft brightly, yet I would inceiTant mourn, C 

While in a wicked Mejhech I fojourn. J 

Verfe 1 1. For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield : he 
will give Grace and Glory ; and no good thing vjill 
he zvithold from them that walk uprightly. 

For God the Lord, whofe Courts I love to haunt, 

Is every Thing that empty Souls can want : 

A Sun for Light, a Shield for Strength \ yea more 

On Earth he gives his Grace, in Heav'n his Glore* 

This radiant Sun of Life and Light the Source, 

Scatters the Shades by's circum-ambient Courfe ; 

Yea, guides bemifted Souls with heartfome Beams, 

And glorioufly irradiating Gleams. 

This mafly Shield is polifh'd bright with Pow'r, 

For helping Weaklings in a perilous Hour. 

Here's all that weary Trav'lers would have, 

A S m to cheriPn, and a Shield to fave. 

Grace alio here is given t'adorn the Soul, 

And yield to Glory in the heavenly Pole* 

All divine Treafure to the Saint is due, 

Nothing's deny'd, if Truth itfelf be true. 

The Treafure is fo vaft it can't be told, 

Nothing that God can give, will God withold. 

To whom he doth his faving Grace impart, 

To them he gives himfelf, his Hand, his Heart : 

Uprightnefs too of Heart and Life does fall 

Unto their Share, who having him, have all. 

In them the Grace he gives, he ftill regards, 

Gives Holinefs, and then his Gift rewards. 


Part IV. The Believer's Lodging. 177 

F'or to his own upright and divine Brood, 1 

He's bound to grant e'en all that's great and good, > 
By's own fure Word, firm Oath, and facred Blood. 3 

Verfei2. O Lord God cf Ho/is, blejed is the Man y 
that trujleth in thee. 

O then Jehovah, God of Armies ftrong, 

To whom the Pow'rs of Earth and Heav'n belong. 

How valtly blefled is the fixed Man, 

Who by a firm fiducial Boldnefs can, 

Thro' Grace and Strength difpenfed from above. 

So fweetly fcan the Height of divine Love, 

As to derive his Comfort wholly thence, 

And on this Rock to found his Confidence ? 

Whofe Faith has rear'd up for a firm Abode, 

A ftable Building on a living God. 

Who fpoi'd of human Props both great and final!. 

Does choofe a Triun Deity for all. 

What Scrolls of Blifs are in this all inroll'd, 

Is too fublime for Seraphs to unfold : 

Sift human Wifdom in a deep Amaze, 

Let rapid Floods of Life his Glory raife,, 

'Till Time be drown'd in his eternal Praife. 

Exercife for the B e l i e v e r in his Lodging, 

Or the Ten Commandments, Exod % xx. 3, Esfo. 

1 . "TWT O God but me thou fhalt adore. 

2. J^^J No Image frame to bow before, 

3. My holy Name take not in vain 

4. My facred Sabbath don't profane. 

1 5 To 

178 Gospel Sonnets. 

5. To Parents render clue Refpech 

6. All Vlurder fhun, and Malice check. 

7. From Filth and Whoredom bafe abftain. 

8. From Theft and all unlawful Gain. 

9. Falfe Witnefs flee, and flandering Spite. 

10. Nor covet what's thy Neighbour's Right. 

2. The UN HO LT HE ART. 

The direct Oppofite to God's Law, Rom. vii. 14. 
Or the Knowledge of Sin by the Law, Rom. iii. 20. 

1. 1 /f V Heart's to many Gods a Slave. 

2. j[y JL Of Imagery an hideous Cave. 

3. An Hoard of God difhon'ring Crimes. 

4. A Wailer bafe of holy Time?. 

5. A Throne of Pride and Self-Conceit. 

6. A Slauinter-Houfe of Wrath and Hate. 

7. A Cage of Birds and Thoughts unclean, 

8. A Den of Thieves and Frauds unfeen. 
C. An Heap oi Calumnies urfpent. 

10. A Gulph cf Greed and Difconteat. 


Or Chr'iji the End of the Law for Rightecufhefs, 
Rom. x. 4. 

And the abfolute Need of this Remedy inferr'd 
from the Premifcs. 

TTENCE J conc'ude and clearly fee 
jf I There's by the L w no Fife for me* 
Which damns each Soul to endlefs r hrdV 
Whofe Heart and Life fulfils not all. 
What ihaU I do ; unlefs or Bal, 
I from the Law to Grace appeal ? 

Part IV. The Believer's Lodging, ljg 

She reigns thro' Jtfu$* Righteoufnefs, \ I 

Which giving Juttice fu'l Redrtfs ; 

On Grace's Door th ; s Motto grav'd, 

Let Sin be dami'd, and Sinners favd. 

O Wifdom's deep myfterious Way ! ^ 

Lo, at this Door I'll waiting fray, C 

'Till Sin and Hell both pais away. j 

But in this Blifs to (hew my Part, y 

Grant, through thy Law grav'd in my Heart, S 
My Life may mew thy graving Art. 3 

4. The P RATE R of F A I T H. 

Which may be conceived in the following Words 
of a certain Auihor. 

VUM turn in Vi'a, tua fun t ?nea funera, Chriite \ 
*** Da precor Imperii Sceptra tenere tui. 
Cur etenim, rmriern, id rulnera Java tulijii^ 
Si non Jum Regni Poriio farva tui ? 

Currigida latuit tua Vita inclufa Jepukhro r 

Si 1.01 eft mea Mors Mcrtefugata tua ? 
Ergo mihi certam prajles^ O Chrifte, Salutem\ 
Meqiu tuo latum Sanguine Chnftejuva. 

Which may be thus E uglified \ 

Jefus, I'm thine in Life and Death, 

O let me conqu'i ing hold th Throne. 
Why fhar'd the Crofs thy vital Breath, 

It not to make me i'hare thy Crown ? 

Why laid in Jail of cruel Grave, 

If not r>y Oca- cie free? 

Then, Lord", infure the Bills I crave, 

Seai'u with th}- Bk>oai a^d iuccour me, 



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The Belt e v e r\s Soli loqjjy ; espe- 
cially in Times of Dcfertion y Temptation, 
AffliSiion, &c. 


The defer ted Believer longing for per f eft Freedom 
from Sin. 


AH mournful Cafe ! what can afford 
Contentment, when an abfent Lord 
Will now his Kindnefs neither prove, 
By Smiles of Grace, nor Lines of Love ? 


What Heart can joy, what Soul can fing, 
While Winter over-runs the Spring ? 
I die, yet can't my Death condole : 
Lord, fave a dying, drooping Soul, 

2 Irt 

Part V. The Believer's Soliloquy. 1 8 1 


In Pain, yet unconcern'd, I live, 
And languilh when I fhould believe. 
Lord, if thou ceale to come and flay, 
My Soul in Sin will pine away. 

In Sin, whofe 111 no Tongue can tell, 
To live is Death, to die is Hell : 
O fave, if not from Thrall's Arrefty 
Yet fave me, Lord, from Sin at leafh 

This for his Merit's Sake I feek, 
\yhofe Blood and Wounds do Mercy fpeak ; 
Who left the Rank of g!o:ious Choirs, 
And heav'niy Flowers for earthly Briars. 

Our Sampfon took an holy Nap 
Upon our feeble Nature's Lap : 
He wand'ring in a Pilgrim's Weed, 
Did tafte our Griefs, to help our Need. 

. 7-. 
Earth's Fury did upon him light, 

How black was Herod's cruel Spite ! 

Who to be fure of murd'ring one, 

Leit he be fjpar'd did pity none ! 


Hell hunts the Babe a few Days old, 

That came to rifle Satan's Fold : 

All Hands purfu\, him e'en to Death, 

That came to fave from bin and Wrath. 

O Mercy ! Ignor at of Bounds ! 
Which all created Thought confounds; 
He ran outright a faving Race, 
For them that unto Death him chafe, 


Gospel Sonnets. 


O Sin ! how heavy is thy Weight, 
That prefs'd the glorious God of Might ! 
9 Fill proiirateon the freezing Ground, 
He fweat his elated Bleed around. 

His Hand the pond'rous Globe does prop, 
This Weight ne'er made him fweat a Drop 
But when Sin's Load upon him lies, 
He falls and fweats, and groans and dies. 


Alas ! if God fink under Sin, 
How fhall the Man that dies therein ? 
How deeply down, when to the Load, 
He adds the flighted Blood of God ? 

Lord, let thy Fall my Rife obtain, 
Thy grievous Shame my Glory gain; 
Thy Crofs my lading Crown procure, 
Thy Death my endlefs Life infure. 

O fend me down a Draught of Love. 
Or take me hence to drink above : 
Here Marab's Water fills my Cup, 
But there ail Griefs are fwallow'd up„ 


Love here is fcarce a faint Deflre, 
Bur there the Spark's a flaming Fire* 
Joys here are Drops that pafling flee. 
But there an ever- flowing Sea. 

My Faith that fees fo darklv here, 
Wdl there reiign to Vifion clear : 
My Hope that's here a weary Groan ? 
Will to Fruition yield the Throne. 


Part V. The Believer Scliloquy. 183 


Here Fetters hamper Freedom's Wing, 
But there the Captive is a King: 
And Grace is like a bury'd S 
But Sinners there are £ leed« 

My Portion's here a Crumb at be/?-, 
But there the Lamb's eternal feafl; 
My Praife is now a fmcther'd Fire, 
But then I'll fing and never tire. 


Nowdufky Shadows cloud my Day, 
But then the Shades will flee away : 
My Lord will break the dimming, 

And (hew his Glory Face to Face. 

My num'rous Foes now beat me down, 
But then I'll wear the Victor's Crown j 
Yet all the Revenues IM bring, 
To Zions everlafting King. 

SECT. If. 

The deferted Believer s Prayer under Complaints erf 
Unbelief \ Darknefs^ Deadnefs^ and Hardnefs, 

IITHAT means this wicked wandering Heart } 

V v / This trembling Agie of mv Soul ? 
Would Jefus but a Look impart, 

One Look from him would make me whole* 
But will he turn to me his Face, 

From whom hejuftly did withdraw} 
To me who flighted all that Grace, 
I in my nail Experience faw. 


3 4 

spel Sonnets. 

Lord, for thy Promife fake return, 
Apply thy pard'ning, cleanfing Blood, 

Look down with Pity on a Worm 

With Cov'nant-Mercy do me Good. 

When thy free Sp'rit the Word applies, 

And kindly tells me thou art mine 
My faithlefs finking Heart replies, 

Ah Lord ! 1 wife I could be thine. 

My Faith's fo nighted in my Doubts, 

I caft the offer'd Good away, 
And lofe by raifing vain Difputes 

The wonted Bleffings of the Day 
Was e'er one prefs'd with fuch a Load 

Or pierc'd with fuch an unfeen Dart r 
To find at once an abfent God, 

And yet, alas ! a carelefs Heart.. 

Such Grief as mine a grieflefs Grief, 

Did ever any Mortal fhare ? 
An hopelefs Hope, a lifelefs Life, 

Or fuch unwonted carelefs Care ? 
Tis fad, Lord ! when for Night's Solace 

Nor Moon, nor firry Gleams appears, 
Yet worfe when in this difrnJ Cafe, 

My Heart is harden'd from thy Fear. 

It wan't becaufe no Showers did flow 

Of heavenly Manna at my Door; 
But by my Foil I'm into 

A worfe Condition than before. 


Part V. The Believer's Soliloquy. 185 


Come, Lord, with greater Power, for why. 

Mine fure is not a common Cafe ; 
Thou offer'ft to unvail, yet I 

Do fcarce incline to fee thy Face. 
Such languid, faint Defires I feel, 

Within this wicked ftupid Heart ; - 

I mould, I would, but that I will 

I hardly dare with Truth aflert. 

to be free of that vile Wrack, 

That bafely keeps me from my God : -f- — 

1 flee from thee, Lord, bring me back 

By tender Love or by thy Rod. 

In Paths of Righteoufnefs direct, 

New Proofs of thy Remiflion give : 
Then of thy Name I'll mention Make, 

With grateful Praifes while I live. 

On Banks of Mercy's boundlefs Deep, 
Wi'.h fweeter Eafe I'll foar and ling ; 

Than Kings of feather'd Hods, that fweep 
The oozy Shore with eafy Wing* 

But if thy Mind omnifcient know, 

I'm for this abfent B!ifs unfit, 
Give Grace to hate my Sins, and to " ' 

Their righteous Punifhment fubmit. , 
But let me ne'er thy Spirit lack, *f** 

That by his Aid my Prayers may come 
Before him, who can wifely make 

E'en Diftance lead his People home. 


1 86 Gospel Sonnets. 

Deep Wifdom can my Soul prepare, 

By prefent Woes for abfent Biifs. 
By acid Griefs that now I (hare. 

He can convey the Joys I mifs. 
Who all from nothing's Womb difclos'd, 

Can make th' amazing Product ceafe ; 
With him cur Order is confus'd, 

By him Confufion brings forth Peace. 
Then Lord, ne'er let me bafely fpurn 

Again!! thy fearchlefs unknown Ways ; 
But magnify thy Work, and turn 

My Groans and Murmurs into Praife. 
Let me fuhmiffive while I live, 

Thy awful Juftice own with Fear : 
Yet penilve let me never grieve 

Thy tender Mercy by Defpair. 
Since tho' by Sin I foully fwerv'd, 

And lewdlv from mv Glory fell, 
I'm chafteh!d here, and not referv'd 

To feel the Weight of Sin in Hell. 
Thy high Right-hand's once joyful Days, 

In my Diftrefs I'll call to mind : 
And own that all thy darkett Ways 

Will clearly prove thee good and kind. 


Part V. The Believer's Soliloquy. 187 


27; e Believer tvadbrg through Deeps of Defer tlon 

and Corruption. 


LORD, when thy Face thou hid'ft 
And leav'ft me long to plore, 
* faithlefs doubt of all thou didft 
And wrouaht'ft for me before. 

No Marks of Love I find, " "* r » 

No Grains of Grace, but Wracks; 
No Track of Heaven is left behind, 

No Groan, no fmoaking Flax. 


But fay, if all the Gufts 

And Grains of Love be fpent, 
Sav, farewel Chrij}, and welcome Luffs $ 
Stop, flop,' I melt, I faint. -yC 

Lord, yet thou haft mv Heart, 

This Bargain black I hate, 
I da re not, cannot, will not part 

With thee at fuch a Rate. 

Onre, like a Father good, 

Thou didft with Grace perfume; 

Wad thou a Father to conclude 

With dreadful Judge's Doom. 


Confirm thy former Deed, 

Reform what is denl'd, 

I was, lam, I'll ftill abide 

Thy Choice, thy Charge, thy Child, K 


1 88 Gospel Sonnets. 


Love- Seals thou didft. impart, 

Lockt up in Mind I have ; 
Hell cannot raze out of my Heart, 

What Heaven did there engrave, 
Thou once didft make me whole 

Bv thy Almighty Hand ; 
Thou mad'ir me vow and gift my Soul $ 

Both Vow and Gift fhall ftand. 

But fince my Folly grofs 

My joyful Cup did fpill, 
Make me the Captive of thy Croft, 
Submiflive to thy Will. 
-f~ Self, in my fe!f I hate, 

That's Matter of my Groan ; 
Nor can I rid me from the Mate, 
That caufes me to moan. 
Y O frail, unconftant Flefh ! 

Soon trapt in every Gin ; 
Soon turn'd, o'erturn'd, and fo afrefh 
Plung'd in the Gulf of Sin. 
1 2. 
v Shall I be Slave to Sin, 

My Lord's moft bloody Foe ? 
I feel its powerful Sway within, 
How long fhall it be fo ? 


How long, Lord, (hall I ftay ? 

How long in Me/J)ech here ? 
Dishonouring thee from Day to Day, 

Whofe Name's to me fo dear. 

Part V. The Believer's Soliloquy. 189 

While Sin, Lord, breeds my Grief, 

And makes me fadlv pine ; 
With Blinks of Grace O grant Relief, 

Till Beams of Glory ihine. 


Conplaint of S/» f Sorrow^ and Want of Love* 


T F black Doom by Defert fhould go, 

Then, Lord, my due Defert is Death ; 
^Vhich robs from Souls immortal Joy, 
And from their Bodies mortal Breath, 
But in fo great a Saviour, 

Can e'er fo bafe a Worm's Annoy 
Add any Glory to thy Power, 
Or any Gladnefs to thy Joy ? 

Thou juftly may'ft me doom to Death, 

And everiafting Flames of Fire ; 
But on a Wretch to pour thy Wrath, 

Can never fure be worth thine Ire. 

Since Jefus the Atonement was, 

Let tender Mercy me releafe; 
Let him be L^mpire of my Caufe, 

And pafs the gladfom Doom of Peace. 

Let Grace forgive and Love forget 

My bafe, my vile Apoftafy ; 
And temper thy deferved Hate 

With Love and Mercy toward me. 


190 Gospel Sonnets. 


The ruffling Winds and raging Blafis. 

Hold me in conflant cruel Chace ; 
They bre^k my Anchors, Sail*, and Mads, 

Allowing no repofing Place. 

The boifVrous Seas with fwelKftg Floods, 

On every fide againft me fight. 
Heav'n overcaft with itormy Clouds, 

Dims all the Planets' guiding Light, 
The bellifh Furies lie in wait 

To win my Soul into their Power : 
To make me bire at ever) Bait, 

And thus my killing Bane devour. 

I lye inchainVI in Sin and Thrall, 

I xt Bore • \ nto black Defpair; 
'Till Grace reftort and of my Fall, 
The doleful Ruins all repair. 
My hov'ring Thoughts would flee to Glore, 

And neitle fafe above the Sky; 
F^ain w >uld my tumbling Shipafoore 
At that fure Anchor quiet lie. 
1 r. 
But mounting Thoughts are haled down 

With heavy Poife of corrupt Load 5 
And bluft'ring Storms dc-nv with Frowfi ' 
An Harbour of fecure Abode. 
To drown theV ' es fteHiJ, 

Sin-fubduiug Grace afFord: 
The Storm n e, tould I but caft 

, This troublous Jonah over- board. 

Part V. The Believer's SoUhquy* I ^ I 

Bafe Flefh with flefhly Pleafures gain'd, 

Sweet Grace's kindly Suit declines ; 
When Mercy courts me for its Friend, 
Anon my fordid Flefh repines. 
Soar up, my Soul, to "Tabor Hill, 

Caft of this loathfom prefiing Load 3 
Lon-J is the Date of thine Exile, 

While abfent from thy Lord, thy God. 
Dote not on earthly Weeds and Toys, 

Which do not, cannot fuit thy Tafte : 
The Flowers of everlafting Joys 
Grow up apace for thy Pvepaft. 
Sith that the glorious God above 

In J ejus bears a Love to thee ; 
How bafe, h w brutifh is thy Love 
Of any Being kfs than he ? 

Who for thy Love did choofe thy Grief, 

Content in Love to live and dye : 
Who lov'd thy Love more than his Life, 

And with his Life thy Love did buy. 
Since then the God of rich ft Love 

Wi h thy poor Love enfc ."our'd is; 
How high a Crime vv 11 thee reprove, 

If not en imour'd deep with his ? 

Since on the verdant 3: ield c,f G* ace, 
His Love does thine f • hot purfae 

Let >ve meet Love with chafte '£ brace, 
Thy Mite a thoufand-foid is due. 


192 Gospel Sonnets. 


Rife, Love, thou early Heaven, and fing, 
Young little Dawn of endlefs Day : 

I'll on thy mounting fiery Wing 
In joyful Raptures melt away. 

S E C T. V. 

The defer ted Soul's Prayer for the Lord's gracious and 
Sln-fubdulng Prefence. 


KIND Jefus, come in Love to me, V^ 
And make no longer ftay ; 
Or eife receive my Soul to thee, 
That breathes to be away. 
j/ A Lazar at thy Gate I lie, 
As well it me becomes, 
For Children's Bread afham'd to cry, 
O grant a Do| the Crumbs. 


Mv Wounds and Rags my Need proclaim, 

Thy needful Help infure : 
My Wounds bear witnefs that I'm lame, 
My Rags that I am poor. 

Thou many at thy-Door doft feed, 

With Mercy when diftreft ; 
O wilt thou not fhew an Alms-Deed 

To me among the reft ? 


None elfe can give my Soul Relief, 

None elfe can eafe my Moan, 
But he whofe Abfence is my Grief: 

All other Joys be gone. 
\ . How 

P a r t V . The Believer's Soliloquy. 193 


How can I ceafe from fad Complaint ? 

How can I be at Reft ? 
My Mind can never be content 

To want my noble Gueit. 


Drop down, mine Eye?, and never tire, 

Ceafe not on any Terms, 
Until I have my Heart's Defire, 

My Lord within mine Arms. 
Fly Heart, my Hand, my Spirits fail, 

When hiding off he goes ; 
My FleQi, my Foes, my Lufts prevail, 

And work my daily Woes. 

When {hall I fee that glorious Sight 

Will all my Sins deftroy ? \ 
That Lord of Love, that Lamp of Light, 
Will banilh all Annoy ? 

O could' I but from finning ceafe, C- 

And wait on Pifgah's Hill, ~ 

Until I fee him Face to Face, 
Then fhould my Soul be ftill. 
But fince Corruption cleaves to me, 

While I in Kedor dwell ; 
O give me leave to long for thee, X^ 
For Abfence is a Hell. 

Thy Glory fnould be dear to me, 

Who me fo dear haft bought : 
O fave from rendring 111 to thee, 
Fcr Good which thou haft wrought. 

ip4 Gospel Sonnets. 
I3 ' 

With Fear I crave, with Hope I cry, 

Oh promis'd Favour fend ; 
Be thou Thyfelf, tho' Changeling I 

Ungratefully offend. 

Out of thy way remove the Lets, 

Cleanfe this polluted Den ; 
Tender my Suits, cancel my Debts, 

Sweet Jefusy fay Amen. 


The Song of Heaven defired by Saints on Earth. 

si XJRO RA veils her rofy Face, 
-^* When brighter Phoebus takes her Place ; 
So dad will Grace refign her Room, 
To Glory in the heav'nly Home. 

Happy the Company that's gone 
From Crofs to Crown, from Thrall to Throne; 
How loud they fmg upon the Shore, 
To which they fail'd in Heart befcre ! 

Bleft are the Dead, yea faith the Word, 

That die in Chriji the living Lord ; 

And on the other fide of Death, 

Thus joyful fpend their praifing Breath : 

« Death from all Death has let us free, 

" And will our Gain for ever be ; 

« Death loos'd the m»ffy Chains of Wo, 

« To let the mournful Captives go. 

Part V. *Ihe Believer's Soliloquy. 195 

<c Death is to us a fvveet Repofe; 
* c The Bud was op' to ftiew the Rofe : 
u The Cage was broke to let us fly, 
cl And build our happy Neft on high. 

cc Lo, here we do triumphant reign, 
" And joyful fing in lofty Strain : 
" Lo, here we reft, and love to be 
" Enjoying more than Faith could fee. 

<€ The thoufandth Part we now behold, 
<c By mortal Tongues was never told ; 
11 We got a Tafte, but now above, 
u We forage in the Fields of Love. 

44 Faith once ftole down a diftant Kifs, 
* 4 Now Love cleaves to the Cheek of Blifs : 
4 c Beyond the Fears of more Mifhap 
«« We gladly reft in Glory's Lap. 

<• Earth was to us a Seat of War, 
u In Thrones of Triumph now we are. 
" We long'd to fee our Jtfus dear, 
6; And fought him there, but find him here. 

ci We walk in white without annoy, 
• c In glorious Galleries of Toy ; 
" And crown'd with everlafting Bays, 
v< We rival Cherubs in their Praife. 

1 1. 
c< No longer we complain of Wants, 
t; We fee the glorious King of Saints 
<Q Amidft his joyful Hofts around, 
" With all the -divine Glory crown'd, 

K 2 «f We 

196 Gospel Sonnets. 

" We fee him at his Table-Head 
" With living Water, living Bread, 
K His chearful Guefls inceflant load 
" With all the Plenitude of God. 

<c We fee the holy flaming Fires, 
tc Cherubic and Seraphic Quires ; 
<c And gladly join with thefe on high, 
" To warble Praife eternally. 
cc Glory to God that here we came, 
il And Glory to the glorious Lamb: 
" Our Light, our Life, our Joy, our All 
* c Is in our Arms and ever mail. 

6< Our Lord is ours, and we are his, 
<c Yea now we fee him as he is: 
fC And hence we like unto him are, 
" And full his glorious Image fhare. 

<c No Darknefs now, no difmal Night, 
<c No Vapour intercepts the Light : 
< c We fee for ever Face to Face 
" The higheft Prince in higheft: Place. 

tc This, this does Heaven enough afford, 
" We are for ever with the Lord : 
" We want no more, for all is given ; 
*' His Prefence is the Heart of Heaven." 

While thus I laid my lift/ning Ear, 
Clofe to the Door of Heaven to hear; 
And then the facn Page did view, 
h told me aii I heard was true ; 


Part VI. The Believer's Soliloquy, igj 

Yet fhewM me that the heavenly Song 
Surpafles every mortal Tongue, 
With fuch unutt'rable Strains, 
As none in fett'ring Flefli attains. 

Then faiJ I, " O to mount away, 
€t And leave this Clog of heavy Clay ! 
€t Let Wings of Time more hafty fly, 
" That I may join the Songs on high." 




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Tie Believer's Principles, 


1. Creation and Redemption. 

2. Law and Go/pel. 

3- J "ft if cat ion and Sanftif cation* 

4. Faith and Senfe. 

5. Heaven and Earth, 


The Believer's Princi ples, concerning 
Creation and Redemption ; Or, Some of the firft 
Principles of the Oracles of God. 

Of C R E AT I ON. 

The firft Chapter of Genefis compendifed, or the firft 
feven Days Work, from the following Latin Lines 

T> RIM A Dies Caelum iff Terr am Lucemque creavit. 
Altera diftendit Spatium, difcrimen aquarum. 

Tertia ficcrntns undaSy dat graminaTcrris* 

Part VI. The Believer's Principles, igg 

Qiiarta creat Solem iff Lunam, cceleftique JJira. 
Shiinta dedlt Pifces y eadsm genus omne volantum. . 
Sexta tulit Pecudes^ Hominem quoque qnem Deus ipfe 
Condi dit ; inde Operis requies lux feptima fulfit. 

In Englljh thus. 

1. The firft Day, Heav'n, Earth, Light, Jehovah fent, 

2. The next, a Water-fund'ring Firmament. 

3. TheThird made dry Land fpringwith flow'ry Pride. 

4. The Fourth fet up bright Lamps, Times to divide. 
5 . The Fifth brought fwimming Fiftt and flying Fowl. 

6. The Sixth, Earth's-Herds,and Man to bear theRule. 

7. The Seventh brought forth no more, yet brought 

the beft, 
The iab'ring Creature's and Creator's Reft. 

Or thusy 


" The firft Day at Jehovah's Word, 
Did Heav'n and Earth and Light afford. 

cc The next, a Firmament fo wide 
As might the Water's Ccurfe divide. 

Ci The Third fevering Land from Seas, 

Made Earth produce Herbs, Grafs and Trees* 

* c The Fourth, Sun, Moon and Stars of Lighv 
Set up, to rule the Day and Night. 


" The Fifth made Fifli in Depths to move? 

And Fowls to flee in Air above. 

K 4 « The* 

2co Gospel Sonnets. 

" The Sixth all earthly Beafls did bring, 
And Man to be the Creatures King. 


" The Seventh of all thefe Days the beftv 
Was made for God and Man to reft. 
Redemption Work doth bring again 
The firft of thefe to be the Main, 


1 etching new Heavens and Earth in fight; 

And Immortality to Light : 
Since then the firft is now the beji^ 
Keep well this Pledge of endlefs Reft. 

Tlie Sum of CRE ATI OK. 


All things from nothing to their Sovereign Lord 
Obedient rofe, at his commanding Word. 
Fair in his Eye the whole Creation flood, 
He faw the Building, and pronoune'd it good. 


And now each Work (white Nature's Fabrick ftands) 
Loud for its wife and mighty Lord demands 
A Rent of Praife, a leud and lofty Song, 
From every rational Beholder's Tongue, 


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The Myftery of the Redeemer's Incarnation, or God 
manifefted in the Flefii. i. Tim iii- i 6. J oh. i. 1 4~ 


WHAT tho' the Waters {truck with Dread, 
Rife up and form a Pyramid ? 
Tho' Floods ftiould gufh from Rocks and Stones,. 
Or living Souls from wither'd Bones ? 


To hear of an incarnate God, 
Is yet more wonderful and odd> 
Or to behold how God moft high, 
Could in our Nature breathe and die. 


What tho* the bright angelick Forms, 
Degraded were to crawling Worms ? 
Thefe Creatures were but Creatures ftill, 
Transform'd at their Creator's Will. 

Tho' Creatures change a thoufand ways., 
It cannot fuch Amazement raife y 
Nor fuch a Scene as this difplay, 
Th' eternal Wordy a Piece of Clay. 

God-man a ftrange Contexture fixty 
Yet nor confufed nor commixt ; 
Yet ftill a M> ft'ry great and frefli, 
A Spirit infinite made Flejh. 
What tho', when Nothing heard his Call* 
Nothing obey'd and brought forth All ? 
What tho' he Nothing's Brood maintain ? 
Or all annihilate again ? 

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Let Nothing into Being pafs, 
Or back again to what it was, 
But lo ! the God of Beings here, 
As turn'd to nothing doth appear. 

All Heaven's aftonifh'd at his Form, 
The mighty God became a Worm : 
Down Avian Pride to him fhall bow r , 
He's Jefus and Jehovah too. 

The Sum of R E D E MPT 1 N. 

With haughty Mind to Godhead Man afpir'd, 
With loving Mind our Manhood God defir'd : 
Man was by Pride from Place of Pleafure chas'd # 
God-man by Love in greater Pleafure plac'd. 


Man feeking to afcmd procur'd our Fall, 
God yielding to defcend remov'd our Thrall : 
The Judge was cart the Guilty to acquit, 
The Sun defac'd to lend the Shades the Light. 

SECT. Ill; 


Or, Chriji all in all, and our compleat Redemption,. 

A Gofpd Catechifm for young Chrijlians+ 

i. T7" IN D Teacher, may I come to learn: 

J^_ In this abrupt AdJrefs, 
By framing Queflions that concern 
fcfy endtefs Happinefs? 

i J>fuw* 

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2. Yea, Child- but if you'd learn to run 
The great Solvation Race, 

Kn^w that tne Name of Chriji alone 
Can anfwer every Cafe. -J* 


4>. By Sin my God and all is loft, 

O may God be found ? 
A. In Chritt ; for fo the Holy-Ghojl 

Shews by the joyful Sound. 

J^. But how will God with finful me, -c 

A^ain be reconcil'd ? 
J. In Chriji -> in whom his Grace to thee 

And Favour is reveal'd. 

j^. O how (hall I a Sharer prove, 

And fee his glorious Grace; 
A. In Chriji) the Image of his Love., 

And Bughtnefs of his Face. 
4». Where, fhall Ifeek all divine Store.,.; 

And without Fail obtain ? 
A* In Chriji^ in whom for evermore. 

His Fulnefs does remain. 

jjj. But how (hall I efcape and flee 

Th ? avenging Wrath of God ? 
A. In Chriji who bore upon the Tree ; 

That whole amazing Load. 
J^. Alas ! I'm daily apt to ftray 

How fhall I hea'vnward make? 
A. Through Chriji the confecrated lVa}' 3 

Defign'd for thee to take. 

K& Ah 

20A Gospel Sonnets. 

£K Ah Where's my Title, Right, or Claim, ju 

To that eternal Biifs ? J 

^. In Chrifi alone, that glorious Name, 
The Lord cur Right eoufnefs. 
Q But who unfit can enter there, 

Or with fuch nafty Feet ? 
-A Chrift by his Blood prefents thee/tf/>, 
His Spirit makes thee meet. 
j^. But may'nt my Spirit weak as Grafs, 

Fzil ere it reach the Length ? 
J. Jefi.s the Lord thy Righteoufnefs 
Will be the Lord thy Strength. 


J^. But what if Friends and wicked Foes 

Shall by the way moleft ? 
A. Chrifi is a Friend to bridle thofe, 

And give the weary R(ft. 

£>. Mayn't guilty Confcience loudly brandy 

And all my Comfort chafe ? 
A. Chriji with a Pardon in his Hand 

Can fhew his fmiling Face. 

j^. But how can divine Mercy vent, 

Where Sins are great and throng \ 
A. Chrift is the Channel with defcent 

That Mercy runs along. 

4J. But may not Juftice interpofe, 

And fland in Mercy's way ? 
A. Jefus did all the DtLt thou owes 

To divine Juftice pay. 

Q Where 

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2>j Where fhall mine Eyes the Pardon fpy, 

Unto my faving Good ? 
A, In Cbrijt's free Promife fee it lie > 

In his atoning Blood, 

gK What ground have I to truft and fay* 

The Promife is not vain ? 
yf. In Cbriji the Promifes are 2?# r 

In him they are Amen. 
j^. But where is CAr//? himfelf, O where 

With Promifes fo fweet ? 
A. CbriJFs in the Piomifes, and there 

Thy Faith and he may meet. 


J§\ Is Cbriji in them, and they in Cbriji? 

How fhall I this defcry ? 
.//. His Blood and Spirit therein lift 

To fsal and to apply. 
j^. 'Gainft legal fiery Threats of Wrath* 

Pray, what Defence is beft ? 
A. Cbri/Ts full Obedience ey'd by Faith, 

There fhould the Guily reft, 


«\ But how {hall Faith be had ? Alas f 

I find I can't believe. 
A. Cbriji is the Author of that Grace* 

And Faith is his to give. 


Q Ah ! when may faithlefs I expeifc 
He'll fuch a Blifs bequeath ? 
■ A. He will of Unbelief convi£t, 

And pave the way for Faith. 

£>. Rfjentann 

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£K Repentance muft attend, but whence 

Shall I this Grace receive ? 
A. Chriji is exalted as a Prince, 

All needful Grace to give. 
j^. How caafo vile a Lump of Duft 

Heart-Holinefs expert ? 
A* Chriji by his holy Spiiit muft 

This gradual Change effect* 


i^. How (hall I do the Works aright 

I'm daily bound unto ? 
A. Chrijt in thee by his Spirit's Might, 

Works both to will and do. 
£K How {hall my Maladies be heaPd, 

So fore molefting me ? 
A* Chriji is the great Phyfician feaFd, 

The Lord that healeth tkee. 
Qj By Pray'r I ought to feek his Face, 

This Courfe how (hall 1 drive? 
A. 'Tis Chriji alone that has the Grace, 

And Sp'rit of Pray'r to give. 
Q Salvation-Work is great and high, 

Alas ! what (hall I do ? 
A, Chr'-Ji as the Alpha thereof eye, 

And the Omega too. 

JfK What Pillar then is moft fecure, 

To build my Hope upon ? 
A. Chriji only the Foundation Jure ^ 

The living Corner-Stone,. 

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4>. When I'm with black Pollution ftain'd, 

How (hall I cleanfed be? 
A. Chrijl is a Fountain for that end, 

Set open wide for thee. 

v • 

£>. What (hall I do, when Plagues abound 
With Sorrows, Griefs, and Fears ? 

A. Chrijl has a Balfam for thy Wound, 
A Bottle for thy Tears. 

J^. But is there any Help for one 

That utterly is loft ? 
A. Chrijl Lves from Sin, and he alone 

E'en to the uitermojl. 

3 3- 
4>. But where fhall I be fafe at laft 

From Hell and endlefs Death ? 
A. Chrijl is a Refuge from the Blaft 

Of everlafting Wrath. 

£>. Butmayn't ev'n nat'ral Death to me 

Become a dreadful Thing ? 
A. Chrijl by his Death in Love to thee 

Did every Death unfting. 

j^. Why, Sir, is Chrijl the whole you fay ? 

No Anfwer elfe I find. 
Ak Becaufe were Cfaijl our All away, 

There'3 nothing leit behind, , 
j^. How can he anfwer every Cafe,, V^ 

And help in every Thrall? 
A. Becaufe he is the Lord of Grace, 

Jthvah allia all.. 

%. Hew 

2o3 Gospel Sonnets, 

i^. How is he prefent to fupply, 

And to relieve us thus ? 
A. Becaufe his glorious Name is nigh, 

Immanuel) God with us. 


j^. Has he alone all Power to fave, 

Is nothing left to Man ? 
A. Yea, without Chriji we nothing have, 

Without him nothing can. 

39. Mayn't fome from hence take Latitude, 

And Room their Lufts to pleafe ? 
If Chriji do all, then very good, 
Let us take carnal Eafe. 

40. Chriji will in flaming Vengeance come 

With Fury in his Face, 
To damn his Foes that dare prefume, 
And thus abufe his Grace. 


Faith and Works, both excluded from the Matter 
of Jujlificaticn before God, that Redemption may 
appear to be only in Chrift. 


WH O dare an holy God addrefs 
With an unholy Righteoufnefs ? 
Who can emure his awful Probe, 
Without Perfe&ion foi their Robe ? 

N ne could his great Tribunal face, 
Were Faith itfelf their fa i reft Drefs : 
Faith takes the Robe, bat never brags > 
Itfeli has nought but filthy Rags» 


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Faith claims no Share, and Works far lefs, 
In Jufticc-pleafing ilighteoufnefs : 
The Servants were to beabhorr'd, 
Would claim the Glory of their Lord, 

Blafphemous Unbelief may claim 
The Praifes of the worthy Lamb : 
But Faith difclaiming all its heft, 
Not on itfelf, but Chriji will r<_ 

I'm fav'd and juftify'd by Faith, 
Which yet no faving Value hath : 
Nor e'er pretends to fave from Thrall, 
But in its Objects has its All. 

'Tis Chrifi alone faves guilty me, 
And makes my Right to Life fo free, 
That in himfelf it ftands alone : 
Faith takes the Right, but gives me none. 

I dare not act with this Intent, 
For Acts of mine to draw the Rent : 
Nor do good Works with this Dehgn, 
To win the Crown by Works of mine* 

I'd thus the promiYd Grace forfake, 
Nor Jefus for my Saviour take ; 
Yea, thus would dreadfully pr^fume. 
And work mine own eternal Doom. 

Prefumption cai 1 t rife more high, 
I'd make Me Truth >i God a Lye, 
The God of Tru^h a Lyar too ; 
What more Mifchief could Satan do? 


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Why I'd di credit God's Record, 
Concerning "J ejus Cbriji the Lord, 
His glorious and eternal Sor, 
Whofe Blood has Life eternal won. 

1 1. 
In him (fays God) this Life I give, 
In him (hall therefore Men believe, 
My Gift embracing in their Arms : 
None fhall be fav'd on other Terms. 


Vain Man muft ftoop and freely take, 
Or elfe embrace a burning Lake : 
Proud Nature muft fubmit to Grace, 
And to the divine Righteoufnefs. 

In vain on Works our Hope is built, 
Our Anions nothing are but Guilt : 
The beft Obedience of our own 
Dare not appear before his Throne. 

What finite Worm can bear the Load", 
The Fury of an angry God ? 
What mortal Vigour can witbftand 
The Vengeance of his lifted Hand ? 

The Law can never fave us now, 
To damn is all that it can do. 
Heav'n cafts all Righteoufnefs of ours, 
The Law of Works is out of Doors. 

No Merit, Money more or lefs, 
Can buy the Gift of Righteoufnefs. 
O may I take what Heav'n dees give ; 
Jehovah, help me to believe : 


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And in that Righteoufnefs to truft, 
Which only makes a Sinner juft. 
And then the Truth of Faith to prove, 
Lord, make my Faith to work by Love. 


The Believer's Principles, 


The LAW and the GOSPEL; 


1. The Myjtery ^ 

2. The Difference ( o/Lay/ and GosPELt , 

3. I be Harmony v J 

4. The Place and Station -* 


The My fiery of Law and Gofpeh 


TH O' Law Commands and Gofpel-Grace* 
Agree in mutual joint Embrace^ 
Yet Law and Gofpel in a Shock, 
Can never draw an equal Yoke, 

The Law of Works, the Law of Grace, 
Can't ftand together in one Place ; 
The brighter Scene deftroys the dark, 
As Dagon fell before the Ark. 


212 Gospel Sonnets. 

They harmonize like marry'd Pairs, 
Yet are at Odds, and keep not Squares : 
As Mercy (lands from Merit far, 
The Letter and the Spirit jar. 

The Law does Gofpel Comforts harm, 
The Gofpei breaks the legal Arm \ 
Yet both exalt each other's Horn, 
And Garlands bring their Heads t'adorn. 


I thro' the Law am dead to it, 
To legal Works and Self- Conceit. 
Yet lo ! thro' Gofpel-Grace I live, 
And to the Law due Honour give. 

The Law great Room for boafting makes, 
But Grace my Pride and boafting breaks ; 
Yet all my Boafts the Law does kill, 
And Grace makes room to boaft my Fill. 

7- • 
The Gofpel makes me keep the Law, 
Yet from its painful Service draw : 
It does all Law-Demands fulfil, 
Yet make them wholly void and null. 

The Gofpel gives me no Command, 
Yet by obeying it I ft and. 
To fhidt Obedience tho' it call, 
Does bind to none, but promife all. 

The Law does ftri<S Commandment give, 
That I the Gofpel-News believe ; 
But yet it teaches no fuch Thing, 
Nor e'er could Gofpel-Tidings bring. 


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When I the Gofpel-Truth believe, 
Obedience to the Law I give ; 
And when I don't the Law obferve, 
I from the Gofpel-Method fwerve. 


Yet if I do the Law obey, 
I am not in the Gofpel-Way ; 
Which does to new Obedience draw, 
Yet is the Gofpel no new Law. 

All Precepts to the Law belong, 
Yet in the Gofpel- Field are throng. 
Curs' d every Gofpel-Slighter is ; 
Yet all its Office is to blefs. 

It from the Law has Power to £///, 
Yet faving does its Power fulfil : 
No Savour but of Life it hath, 
Yet moft the Savour is of Death. 

Weaknefs Perfection doth exclude, 
The Law is perfedt, juft, and good. 
Yet can it nothing perfeft make *, 
But all the Comers to it break. 

Strength to the Gofpel does belong, 
Mighty thro' God it is, and ftrong^ 
It to the Law does Strength emit, 
Yet 'tis the Law gives Strength to it. 

The Gofpel gives the Law I fee, 
Sufficient Strength to juftify; 
Yet may I fay, in Truth it is 
The Law that gives the Gofpel this* 

* Heb. x. 1. 


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For as the Law no Sinner clears, 
But who the Gofpel-Garment wears 5 
So none are juftify'd by Grace, 
Unlefs the Law-Demand have place. 

Again the Law, which yet feems worfe, 
Gives Gofpel-News condemning Force; 
Yet they are News that never can, 
Nor ever will condemn a Man. 

Dread Threat'nings to the Law pertain, 
Not to the Gofpel's golden Chain : 
Yet all Law-Threats and Sinai's Ire, 
To Gofpel- Grace are Walls of Fire, 

The righteous Law aflbileth none, 
Of Adams guilty Race, fave one, 
Who being guilty for this Caufe, 
By God's juft Law condemned was. 

Yet free of Guilt it did him fee, 
Hence fully clear'd, and fet him free : 
Yet had not Guilt his Soul involv'd, 
By Law he could not been abfolv'd. 

But he withal condemn'd and fpoil'd 
The Law of Works, which him aflbil'd ; 
And now the Law is (in thefe Views) 
The Marrow of the Gofpel-News. 

The Law can juflify no Man 
That is a Sinner ; yet it can 
Thus favour finful Men, and free 
The chief of Sinners, guilty me. 


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The Gofpe! too acquitteth none, 
That have not put Perfe&ion on ; 
And yet it cleareth none (I grant) 
But thofe who all Perfection want. 

Thofe ibat with Gofpel-Clearance meet, 
Muft by the Law be found complete ; 
Yet never could (again I grantj 
The Gofpel juftify a Saint. 

All perfect Perfons it control?, 
And juftifies ungodly Souls ; 
Yet ftill no Man its Grace partakes. 
But whom it truly godly makes. 

The Law wthftands the Gofpel-Path, 
Which yet its Approbation hath : 
The Gofpel thwarts the legal Way, 
Yet will approve the Law for ay. 

Hence tho' the Gofpel's comely Frame 
Doth openly the Law condemn ; 
Yet they are blind, who never favv, 
The Gofpel juftify the Law. 

Thus Gofpel-Grace, and Law-Command?, 
Both bind and loofe each other's Hands j 
They can't agree on any Terms, 
Yet hug each other in their Arms. 

Thofe that divide them cannot be 
The Friends of Truth and Verity ; 
Yet thofe that dare confound the two, 
Deftroy them both, and gender Wo. 


2i6 Gospel Sonnets. 

This Paradox none can decipher 
That plow not with the Gofpel-Heifer. 


The Difference betwixt the Law and the Gofpel. 


TH E Law fuppofing I have all 
Does ever for P erf eft ion call : 
The Gofpel fuits my total Want^ 
And all the Law can feek does grant. 

The Law could promife Life to me, 
If my Obedience perfeft he : 
But Grace does promife Life upon 
My Lord's Obedience alone. 


The Law fays do, and Life you'll win ; 
But Grace fays live, for all is done : 
The firmer cannot eafe my Grief ; 
The latter yields me full Relief. 

By Law convinced of finful Breach, 
By Gofpel-Grace I Comfort reach : 
The one my Condemnation bears, 
The other jujlifies and clears. 


The Law (hews my Arrears are great, 
The Gofpel freely pays my Debt : 
The firft does me the Bankrupt curfe % 
The laft does blefs and fill my Purfe. 

The Law will not abate a Mite, 
The Gofpel ali the Sum will quite : 
There God in Thrtaf nmgs is array'd, 
But here in Prom'fes difplay'd, 

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The Law and Gofpel difagree. 
Like Hagar^ Sarah, bond and free : 
The former's Hagar 9 ^ Servitude, 
The latter Sarah'* happy Brood. 

To Sinai black, and Zion fair 
The Word does Law and Grace compare^ 
Their Curling and their Blefling vie, 
With Ebal and Gerizzam high. 

The Law excludes not Boajling vain, 
But rather feeds it to my Bane : 
But Gofpel-Grace allows no BoaJIs 3 
Save in the King, the Lord of Hofts. 

The Law ftill irritates my Sin, 
And hardens my proud Heart therein ; 
But Grace's melcing Power renews^ 
And my Corruption ftrong fubdues. 

The Law with Thunder, Sinai-like, 
Does always Dread and Terrors fpeak ; 
The Gofpel makes a joyful Noife, 
And charms me with ay?/// calm Voice, 

The legal Trumpet War proclaims, 
In wrathful Threats, and Fire, and Flames : 
The Gofpel-P//^, a peaceful Sound, 
Which fpreads a kindly Breath around. 

The Law is weak through finful Fleflr, 
The Gofpel bring Recruits afrefh : 
The firft a killing Letter wears, 
The laft a quick" ning Spirit bears. 


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The Law that feeks Perfeflion's Height, 
Yet gives no Strength, nor offers Mights 
But precious Gofpel- Tidings glad, 
Declare where all is to be had. 

From me alone the Law does crave, 
What Grace affirms in Chriji I have : 
"When therefore Law-Purfuits inthral, 
I fend the Law to Grace for all. 

The Law brings Terror to moleft, 
The Gofpel gives the Weary Reji ; 
The one does Flags of Death difplay, 
The other ftiews the living Way. 

The Law by Mofes was expreft, 
The Glorious Gofpel came by Chriji : 
The firft dim Nature's Light may trace, 
The laft is only known by Grace. 

The Law may roufe me from my Sloth, 
To Faith and to Repentance both ; 
And tho' the Law commandeth each, 
Yet neither of them can it teach \ 

Nor will accept for current Coin 
The Duties which it does enjoin ; 
"it feeks all, but accepts no lefs, 
Than conftant, perfed Righteoufnefs, 

The Gofpel, on the other hand, 
Altho' it iflue no Command ; 
But ftri&ly view'd does whole confift, 
In Promijes and Offers bleft. 


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Yet does it many Duties teach, 
Which legal Light could never reach : 
Thus Faith, Repentance, and the like, 
Are Fire that Gofpel- Engines ftrike. 

They have Acceptance here, through Grace, 
The Law affords them no fuch Place : 
Yet ftill they come through both their Hands, 
Through Gotpel-Teacbings, Law-Commands. 

The Law's a Houfe of Bondage fore, 
The Gofpel opes the Prifon-Door : 
The firft me hamper* d in its Net, 
The laft at Freedom kindly fet k 

The Precept craves, the Gofpel gwes > 
While that me prejfes, this relieves ^ 
And or affords the Strength I lack, 
Or takes the Burden off my Back. 

The Law requires on Pain of Death, 
The Gofpel courts with loving Breath 3 
While that conveys a deadly fvound, 
This makes me perfect, whole, and found. 

There viewing how difeas'd I am, 
I here perceive the healing Balm : 
Affii&ed there with Senfe of Need, 
But here refrelh'd with meet Remede, 

The Law's a Charge for what I owe, 
The Gofpel my Difcharge 'to {how : 
The one a Scene of Fears doth ope, 
The other is the Door of Hope. 

L 2 An 

£2Q Gospel Sonnets. 


An angry God the Law reveal'd, 
The Gofpel (hews him reconciled: 
By that I know he was difpleaid\ 

-By this I fee his Wrath appeas'd. 

The Law thus mews the divine Ire, 
.And nothing but confuming Fire : 
'£he Gofpel brings the Olive-Branch, 
And Blood the burning Fire to quench. 

The Law ftill (hews a fiery Face ; 
The Gofpel (hews a Throne of Grace.: 
There Juftice rices alone in State; 
But here ihe takes the Mercy- Seat. 

In Sum, 

ELo, in the Law Jehovah dwells, 

But Jefus is conceal'd ; 
Whereas the Gofpel's nothing elfe, 

But Jefus Cbrijl reveal'd. 


5!# Harrnmy betwixt the Law and the Gospel* 


TH E Law's a Tutor much in vogue, 
To Gofpel- Grace a Pedagogue $ 
The Gofpel to the Law no lefs, 
Tlun its fuL End for Righteoufnefs. 

! hen once the fiery Law of God 
Has chas'd me to the Gofpel-Road ; 
Then back unto the holy Law, 
Moil kindly Gofpel-Grace will draw. 


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When by the Law to Grace Vrnfebool'd? 
Grace by the Law will have me rul'd : 
Hence if I don't the Law obey, 
I cannot keep the Gofpel-Way. 

When I the Gofpel News believe, 
Obedience to the Law I give; 
And that both in its facPral-Drsfe, 
And as a Rule of Holinefv 

Lo, in my Head I render all, 
For which the fiery Law can call : 
His Blood unto its Fire was Fuel, 
Hfs Spirit fhapes me to its Rule. 

When Law and Gofpel kindly meet y 
To ferve each other both unite : 
Sweet Promifes, and ftern Commands* 
Do work to one another's Hands. 

The divine Law demands no lefs, 

Than human perfect Righteoufnefsy 

The Gofpel gives it this and more> 

E'en divine Righteoufnefs in ftore.. 


Whate'er the righteous Law require, 

The Gofpel grants its whole Defire. 

Are Law-Commands exceeding broad £ 

So is the Righteoufnefs of God. 


How great foe'er the legal Charge, 
The Gofpel-Payment's equal large ; 
No Lofs by Man the Law can bray, 
When Grace provides a God to pay. . 

L3 Th* 

222 G osp e l Sonnets, 


The Law makes Gofpel-Banquets fweet, 
I he Gofpel makes the Law complete ; 
Law- Suits to Grace's Store-houfe draw, 
Grace decks and magnifies the Law. 

Both Law and Gofpel clofe combine, 
, To make each other's Luftre fhine ; 
The Gofpel all Law-Breakers (harries, 
The Law all Gofpel-Slighters damns. 

The Law is holy, juft, and good, 
All this the Gofpel feals with Blood ; 
And clears the Royal Law's juft Dues 
"With dearly purchas'd Revenues. 

The Law commands me to believe, 
The Gofpel faving Faith does give : 
The Law enjoins me to repent. 
The Gofpel gives my Tears a Vent, 

What in the Gofpel-Mint is coin'd, 
The fame is in the Law enjoin'd : 
Whatever Gofpel-Tidings teach, 
Tile Law's Authority doth reach. 


Here join the Law and Gofpel Hands, 
What this me teaches, that commands : 
What virtuous Forms the Gofpel pleafe, 
The fame the Law does authorize. 

And thus the Law-Commandment feals, 
Whatever Gofpel-Grace reveals : 
The Gofpel alio for my Good 
Seals all the Law-Demands with Blood. 


Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 22^ 

The Law mod perfect ftill remain?. 
And every Duty full contains : 
The Gofpel its Perfe&ion fpeaks, 
And therefore gives whate'er it feeks, 

Next, what by Law I'm bound unto.) 
The fame the Gofpel makes me do : 
What preceptively that can crave, 
This effectively can engrave. 

All that by Precepts Heav'n experts, 
Free Grace by Promifes effe&s : 
To what the Law by Fear may move 3 
To that the Gofpel leads by Love. 

To run, to work, the Law command.: 5 
The Gofpel gives me Feet and Hands : 
The one requires that I obey, 
The other does the Power convey. 

What in the Law has Duty's Place, 
The Gofpel changes to a Grace ; 
Hence legal Duties therein nam'd, 
Are herein Gofpel-Graces fam'd. 

The Precept checks me when I ftray, 
The Promife holds me in the way : 
That fhews my Folly when I roam, 
And this moft kindly brings me home. 

Law-Threats and Precepts both I fee^ 
With Gofpel-Promifes agree ; 
They to the Gofpel are a Fence, 
And it to them a Maintenance, 

L 4 The 

224 Gospel Sonnets, 

The Law will juftify all thofe 
Who with the Gofpel-Pvanfom clofej 
The Gcfpel too approves for ay, 
All thofe that do the Law obey. 

The righteous Law condemns each Man^ 

That dare rejeft the Gofpel-Plan. 

The holy Gofpel none will fave, 

On whom it won't the Law engrave. 

When Chrijl the Tree of Life I climb, 

I fee both Law and Grace in him \ 

In him the Lav/ its End does gain, 

In him the Promife is Amen. 

The Law makes Grace's Pafture fweet, 

Grace makes the Law my favoury Meat 3 
Yea, fweeter than the Honey-Comb, 
When Grace and Mercv brings it Home* 

The Precepts of the Law me Jhow 9 
What Fruits of Gratitude I owe ; 
But Gofpel-Grace begets the Brood, 
And moves me to the Gratitude. 

Law-Terrors panfe the putrid Sore, 
And Gofpel-Grace applies the Cure: 
The one plows up the Fallow-Ground, 
The other fows the Seed around* 

A rigid Mailer was the Law, 
Demanding Brick, denying Straw; 
But when with Gofpel-Tcngue it fings 5 
It bids me fly, and gives me Wings. 


Part VL The Believer's Principles. Z2c: 

In S u M, 

Both Law and Gofpel clofe unite, 

Are feen with moft Solace, 
Where Truth and Mercy kindly meet, 

In fair ImmanueVs Face. 


The proper Place and Station of the Law' and the 

JVkfrj That in the four following Paragraphs, as well 
as in the three preceding Sediions, by Law \y 
moftly underftood the Dodrine of the Covenant 
of Works ; and by Gofpel^ the Dodrine of the 
Covenant of Grace, 

Paragraph I. 

The Place and Station of Law and Gospel in 


WHEN we the facred Record view, 
Or divine Tefl'ments Old and New • 
The Matter in mod Pages fixt, 
Is Law and Gofpel intermixt. 

Yet few e'en in a learned Age/ 
Can fo revolve the facred Page, 
As to difcern with equal Eye, 
Where Law, where Gofpel fever'd lie. 

One divine Text with double Claufe, 
May fpeak the Gofpel's Voice and Laws 5 
Hence Men to blend them both are apt, 
Should in one Sentence- both be wrapt, 

L 5 But 

226 Gospel Sonnets. 

But that we may the Truth purfue, 
And give both Law and Grace their Due* 
And God the Glory there difplay'd ; 
The following Rules may give us Aid. 

Where'er in facred Writ we fee 
A Word of Grace or Promife free ; 
With Bleifings dropt for J ejus' fake, 
We thefe for Gofpel-News may take. 

But where a Precept ftricl: we find 
With Promife to cur Doing join'd ; 
Or Threatening with a wrathful Frown, 
This as the Law we juftly own. 

Paragraph II. 

The Place and Station of Law and Gofpel in par- 
ticular^ where the Difference is noted betwixt the 
G of pel largely vicw'd in it's Difpenjation, andjlriftly 
in ifelf: Jlnd betwixt the Gofpel and Faith receiv- 
ing it* 


\H T Ouldft thou diffinctly know the Sound 
VV Of Law and Grace, then don't confound 

The Difpenfation with the Grace \>. 

for thefe two have a diflind Place. 

The Gofpel thus difpens'd we fee^ 
Bdieve j and thou fait faved be ; 
Jfnot, thou fait be damn y d to Hellj 
And in eternal Torments dwell. 

Here Precepts in it are difpens'd 
With Threat' 'nings of Damnation fenc'J } 
The legal Sanclicn here takes place, 
at acne may dare abufe free Grace, 


Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 227 

Yet nor does that Command of Faith, 
Nor this tremendous Threat of Wrath, 
Belong to Gofpel ftrictly fo ; 
But to its Difpenfation do. 


The Method of difpenfing here, 
Does Law and Gofpel jointly bear; 
Becaufe the Law's fubfervient 
Unto the Gofpel's bleft Intent. 

Precepts and Threat'nings both make way 
The Gofpel-Blefling to convey ; 
Which differs much (tho' thus difpens'd) 
From Laws and Threats whereby 'tis fenc'ci. 


Believe, and thou fn alt faved be 9 
Is Gofpel, but improperly ; 
Yet fafely Men may call it thus, 
Becaufe 'tis fo difpens'd to us. 

But fure, the Gofpel-News we Gijgj . 
Muft be fome other glorious Things 
Than Precepts to believe the fame, 
Whatever way we blend their Name* 

The Gofpel-Treafure's fomething more^ 
Than Means that do apply the Store ; 
Believing is the Method pav'd, 
The Gofpel is the Thing believ'd> 

The precious Thing is Tidings fvveet 
Of Chrijl a Saviour moft complete 3 
To fav e from Sin, and Death, and Wratb 
Which Tidings tend to gender Faith. 

L, & VaUh 

228 Gospel Sonnets, 


Faith comes by hearing God's Record, 
Concerning Jefus Cbriji the Lord ; 
And is the Method Heav'n has bleft 
For bringing to the Gofpel-Reft. 


The joyful Sound is News of Grace, 

And Life to Adam's guilty Race ; 

Thro' "J ejus Righteoufnefs divine, 

Which bright from Faith to Faith does filing 

The Promife of immortal Blifs 
Is made to this full Righteoufnefs : 
By this our Right to Life is bought 
Faith begs the Right, but buys it not. 

True Faith receives the ofter'd Good, 
And Promife feal'd with precious Blood : 
Ic gives no Title to the Blifs,. 
But takes th'intiriing Righteoufnefs. 

This Objeft .great of faving Faith, 
And this alone the Promife hath : 
For 'tis net made to Faith's poor Aft, 
Bat is the Prize that Faith does take. 

1 6. 
And only as it takes the fame, 
It bears a great and famous Name ; 
For Self a::d all its Grandeur down 
It thrown that Chrift may wear the Crowtf, 

:vj Lawi and Threats were all. 
That Gcfpel properly we call, 
Then were the Precept to believe 
No better News than do and live* 


Part VI. The Believer' t Principles. 229 

If then we won't diftinguifti here, 
We cloud, but don't the Gofpel clear; 
We blend it with the fiery Law, 
And all into Confuiion draw. 

The Law of Works we introduce, 
As if old Merit were in ufe ; 
When Man could Life by doing won, 
E'en tho' the Work by Grace were done* 

Old Adam in his Innocence- 
Deriv'd his Power of Doing hence: 
As all he could was wholly due\ 
£0 all the working Strength he knew, 

Was only from the Grace of God, 
Who with fuch Favour did him load s 
Yet was the Promife to his AcJ 9 
That he might merit by Compacl. 

No Merit but of Paclion could 
Of Men or Aagels e'er be told ; 
The God-man only, was fo high 
To merit by Con dignity. 

Were Life now proniis'd to our Acl 9 
Or to our Works by Paclion tack'd ; 
Tho' God fhould his Ajfijiance grant, 
*Tis flill a Doing Covenant. 

Tho' Heav'n its helping Grace fhould yields, ; 

Yet Merit's ftill upon the Field ; 
We call the Name, yet ftill 'tis found 
Difdaim'd but with a verbal Sound,. 


230 Gospel Sonnets, 

If one fhould borrow Tools from you, 
That he fome famous Work might do ; 
When once his Work is well-prepar'd* 
He fure deferves his due Reward ; 

Yea, juftly may he claim his Due, 
Altho' he borrow'd Tools from you : 
E'en thus the borrow'd Strength of Grace 
Can't hinder Merit to take place. 

From whence foe'er we borrow Powers. 
If Life depend on Works of ours s 
Or if we make the Gofpel thus 
In any fort depend on us ; 

We give the Law the Golpel-Place, 
Rewards of Debt the Room of Grace ; 
We mix Heaven's Treafure with our Trafh., 
And magnify corrupted Flefh. 

The New and Gofpel-Covenant 
No Promife to our Works will grant 5 
But to the Doing of our Head, 
And in him to each Gofpel-Deed. 

30. \ 
To GodUnefs which is great Gain, 
Promife is faid to appertain ; 
But know, left you the Gofpel mar;, 
In whom it is we godly are : 

To him and to his Righteoufnefs 
Still primar'Jy the Promife is, 
And not e'en to the gracious Deed, 
Save in and through the glorious Head, 


Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 23 1 

Pray let us here obferve the Odds r 
How Law and Grace take counter Roads*. 
The Law of Works no Promife fpake 
Unto the Agent, but the Alt. 

It primar'ly no Promife made 
Unto the Perfon but the Deed ; 
Whate'er the doing Perfon fhar'd, 
'Twas for his Deed he had Reward, 

The Law of Grace o'erturns the Scale., 
And makes the quite Reverfe prevail \ 
Its Promife lights not on the Deed, 
But on the doing Perfon's Head ^ 

Not for his doing, but for this,.. 
Becaufe in Chrift his Perfon is ; 
Which Union to the living Prince, 
His living Works and Deeds evince* 

. 36. 

Good Fruits have Promife in this View^ 
As Union to the Branch they {hew 5 
To whom the Promifes pertain, 
In him all Yea> and all Amen. 

Pray obferve, for if here we err,. 
And do not Chriji alone prefer ; 
But think the Promife partly Hands 
On our obeying new Commands; 

Th' old Cov'nant-Place to Works we grve^ 
Or mingle Grace with do and live ; 
We overcloud the Gofpel- Charms, 
And alfo break our working Arms* 


232 Gospel Sonnets. 

More Honour to the Law profefs 
But giving more, we give it lefi : 
Its heavy Yoke in vain we draw, 
By turning Gofpel into Law. 
We rob Grace of its joyful Sound, 
And bury Chrijl in Mofes' Ground : 
At beft we run a legal Race 
Upon the Field of Gefpel-Gxzct. 

Paragraph III. 

The GofpeP%0 new Law ; but a joyful Sound of Grace, 
and Mercy. 


LA W. Precepts in a Gofpel-Mold, 
We may as Gofpel-Doctrine hold \ 
But Gofpel-Calls in legal Drefs, 
The joyful Sound of Grace fupprefs. 


Faith and Repentance may be taught, 
And yet no Gofpel-Tidings brought : 
If as meer Duties thefe W£ prefs, 
And not as Parts of promts d Blifs. . 

If only Precepts we prefent, 
Tho' urg'd with ftrongefl: Argument, 
We leave the wak'ned Sinner's Hope 
In Darksnefs of Defpair to grope. 

The Man whom legal Precepts chafe.. 
As yet eftrang'd to fov'reign Grace, 
Miftaking evangelick Charms, 
As if they flood on legal Terms, 


Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 233 

Looks to himfelf tho' dead in Sin 
For Grounds of Faith and Hope within ; 
Hence Fears and Fetters grow and fwell, 
Since nought's within but Sin and Hell, 

But Faith that looks to promised Grace, 
Clean out of Self the Soul will chafe ; 
To Chriji for Righteoufnefs and Strength, 
And finds the joyful Reft at length. 

Proud Flefh and Blood will ftartle here, 

And hardly fuch Report can bear, 

That Heav'n all-faving Store will give 

To them that work not, but believe : 


Yet not of Works* but 'tis the Race 

Of Faith, that it may be of Grace : 

For Faith does nothing but agree. 

To welcome this Salvation free* 

<c Come down, Zaccheus, quickly come, 
cc Salvation's brought unto thy Home : 
" In vain thou climb' ft the legal Tree, 
u Salvation freely comes to thee. 

cc Thou dream'ft of coming up. to Term9 > 
" Come down into my faving Arms; 
cc Down, down, and get a Pardon free, 
u On Terms already wrought by me. 

1 1. 
" Behold the Bleffings of my Blood, ' 
^ Bought for thy everlafting Good : 
" And freely all to be convey'd 
u Upon the Price already paid, 

" I know 

234 Gospel Sonnets. 


cc I know thou haft no Goods and fee 
<c I cannot ftand on Terms with thee ; 
€C Whofe Fall has left thee nought to claim* 
" Nor ought to boaft but Sin and Shame, 

The Law of heavy hard Conmands 
Confirms the waken'd Sinner's Bands ; 
But Grace proclaims relieving News, 
And Scenes of matchlefs Mercy fhews* 

No Precept clogs the Gofpel-Call, 
But wherein Grace is all in all ; 
No Law is here but that of Grace, 
Which brings Relief in every Cafe. 

The Gofpel is the Promife fair 
Gf Grace all Ruins to repair, 
And leaves no Sinner room to fay, 
4; Alas ! this Debt I cannot pay ; 

4C This grievous Yoke I cannot bear, 
44 This high Demand I cannot clear; 
Grace flops the Mouth of fuch Complaints, 
And Store of full Supply prefents. 

The glorious Gofpel is (in brief) 
A fov'reign Word of fweet Relief; 
Not clogg'd with cumberfome Commands, 
To bind the Souls receiving Hands. 

'Tis joyful News of fovereign Grace, 
That reigns in State thro' Right eoufnefs. 
To ranfom from all threatening Woes, 
And anfwer all commanding Do's. 


Part VL The Believer's Principles. 235 

This Gofpel comes with Help indeed* 
Adapted unto Sinners need : 
Thefe joyful News that fuit their Cafe 5 
Are Chariots of his drawing Grace : 

'Tis here the Spirit powerful rides, 
The Fountains of the Deep divides ; 
The King of Glory's Splendour fhews, 
And wins the Heart with welcome News* 

Paragraph IV. 

The Gofpel further defcribed^ as a Bundle of good 
News and gracious Promifes. 


TH E firft grand Promife forth did break: 
In Threats agairni the tempting Snake y 
So may the Gofpel in Commands^ 
Yet nor in Threats nor Precepts ftands: 

But 'tis a Doctrine of free Grants 
To Sinners that they may be Saints : 
A joyful Sound of royal Gifts, 
To obviate unbelieving Shifts, 

A Promife of divine Supplies, 
To work all gracious Qualities, 
In thofe who proneft to rebel, 
Are only qualify 'd for Hell. 

Courting vile Sinners e'en the Chief, 
It leaves no Cloke for Unbelief; 
But e'en on grofs Manajfehs calls, 
On Mary Magdahns and Sauls, 

236 Gospel Sonnets, 

'Tis good News of a Fountain ope 
For Sin and Filth ; a Door of //^^ 
For thofe that lie in Blood and Gore, 
And of a Salve for every Sore. 

Glad News of Sight unto the blind ; 
Of Light unto the darkened Mind ; 
Of Healing to the deadly Sick ; 
And Mercy both to "Jew and Greek. 

Good News of G$A/ to Poor that lack ; 
Of Raiment to the naked Back ; 
Of Binding to the Wounds that fmart ; 
.And Reji unto the weary Heart. 

Glad News of Freedom to the Bound*, 
Of Store all Loflcs to refound : 
Of endlefs Life unto the Dead, 
And prefent Help in time of Need*. 

Good News of Heave*> where Angels dwell, 
,. To thofe that well deferved Hell : 
Of Strength to Weak, for Work and War ^ 
And Accefs near to thofe afar. 

Glad News of Joy to thofe that weep,. 
And tender Care of cripple Sheep $ 
Of Shelter to the Soul purfu'd, 
And cleanfmg to the hellifli hew'd. 

Of Floods to fap the parched Ground, 
And Streams to run the Defart round : 
Of Ranfom to the Captive caught, 
And Harbour to the found'ring Yacht. 


Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 237 

Of timely Jid to weary Grones ; .\" 
Of Joy reftor'd to broken Bones ; 
Of Grace divine to gracelefs Preys : 
And Glory to the vile and bafe. 

Of living Water pure, that teems 
On fainting Souls refrefhing Streams ; 
Of gen'rous V/ine to chear the ftrong, 
And Milk to feed the tender Young, 

Of faving Faith to faithlefs ones ; 
Oi ft fining Grace to flinty Stones ; 
Of Pardon to a guilty Crew ; 
And Mercy free, where Wrath was due. 

Good News of welcome kind to all, 
That come to Jefus at his Call; 
Yea News of drawing Poiver when fcant 
To thofe that fain would come, and can't* 

Glad News of rich myfterious Grace, \_ 
And Mercy meeting every Cafe : 
Of Store immenfe all Voids to fill, 
And free to whofo ever will. 

Of Chrijl exalted as a Prince^ X 
Pardons to give and Penitence ; 
Of Grace o'ercoming ftubborn Wills? 
And leaping over Bether Hills. 

Faith comes by hearing thefe Reports ; 
^Straight to the Court of Grace reforts \ 
And free of mercenary Thought 
Gets royal Bounty all for nought* 


238 Gospel Sonnets, 

Faith's Wing within the clammy Sea 
Of legal Merit cannot flee ; 
But mounting Mercy's Air apace, 
Soars in the Element of Grace. 

But as free Love the Bleffings gives, 
To him that works not, but believes \ 
So Faith once reaching its Defire, 
Works hard by Love, but not for Hire, 


The Believer's Principles, 


Justification and Sanctification, 

their Difference and Harmony. 


The Difference between Juftification and Sanitifica- 
tion, or Righteoufnefs imputed and Grace im- 
parted ; in upwards of thirty Particulars. 

Note, That (metri causa) Juftification is here fmetimei exprefs'd Z>y 
the Words) imputed Grace, juflifying Grace, Righteoufnefs, &c. 
San&ificatien by the Names, imparted Grace, Grace, Graces, 
Holinefs, Sanctity, &€* which the Judicious will eajily under* 
ft and % 


KIND Jefus /pent his Life to fpin 
My Robe of perfedt Righteoufnefs: 
But by his Spirit's Work within, 
He forms my gracious holy Drefs. 

1 He 

Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 239 

He as a Priejl me juftifies, 

His Blood does roaring Confidence ftill : 

But as a King he fan&ifies, 

And fubjugates my ftubborn Will. 


He juftifying by his Merit, 

Imputes to me his Righteoufnefs : 
But fan&ifying by his-Spirit, 

Infufes in me faving Grace. 

4. "~ ,M * 1 

My juftifying Righteoufnefs 

Can merit by Condignity ; 
But nothing with my ftrongeft Grace, 

Can be deferv'd by naughty me. 


This juftifying Favour fets 

The Guilt of all my Sin remote ; 
^j But fanflifying Grace deletes 

- The Filth and Blacknefs of its Blot. 

By virtue of this Righteoufnefs 

Sin can't condemn nor juftly brand : 
By virtue of infufed Grace 
Anon it ceafes to command. 

The Righteoufnefs which I enjoy, 

Sin's damning Power will wholly flay j 
And Grace imparted will deftroy 

Its ruling domineering Sway. 
The former is my Judge's Acl, 

Of Condonation full and free: 
The latter his commenced Facl, 

And gradual Work advanc'd in me. 


24° Gospel Sonnets, 

The former's inftantaneous, 

The moment that f firft believe : 
The latter is as Heav'n allows, 
ProgreJJive while on Earth I live, 
The firft will Peace to Cunfcience give, 
The laft the fi:thy Heart will cleanfe : 
The firft effefts a Relative, 
^ The laft a real inward Change. 

The former pardons every Sin, 

And counts me righteous, free and juft ; 
The latter quickens Grace within, 
And mortifies my Sin and Luft. 


Imputed Grace intitles me 

Unto eternal Happinefs: 
Imparted Grace will qualify 

That heav'nly Kingdom to pofTefs. 


My Righteoufnefs is infinite, 

Both fubjeclively and in kind ; 
My Holinefs moft incomplete, 

And daily wavers like the Wind. 
So lading is my outer Drefs, 

It never wears nor w T axes old ; 
My inner Garb of Grace decays 

And fades, if Heav'n do not uphold. 


My Righteoufnefs and Pardon is, 
At once moft perfect and compleat ; 

But Sanctity admits Degrees, 
Does vary, fluctuate and fleet. 


Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 241 

Hence fix'd my Righteoufnefs divine, 

No real Change can undergo ; 
But all my Graces wax and wane, 

By various Turnings ebb and flow. 

I'm by the firfl as Righteous now, 

As e'er hereafter I can be ; 
The laft will to Perfe&ion grow, 

Heav'n only is the full Degree. 


The firft is equal, wholly given, 

And ftill the fame in every Saint : 
The laft unequal and unev'n, 

While fome enjoy what others want* 

I9 ' 
My Righteoufnefs divine is frefh, 

For ever pure and heav'nly both ; 
My Sanctity is partly Flejh, 

And juftly term'd a menftruous Cloth, 
My Righteoufnefs I magnify, 

'Tis my triumphant lofty Flag ; 
But pois'd with this my San&ity, 

Is nothing bat a filthy Rag. 
' 21. 
I glory in my Righteoufnefs, 

And loud extol it with my Tongue ; 
But all my Grace compar'd with this, 

I under-rate as Lofs and Dung. 
By juftifying Grace I'm apt 

Of divine Favour free to boaft ; 
By Holinefs I'm partly fhap'd 

Into his Image I had loft. 

M The 

242 Gospel Sonnets, 

The firft to divine Jvjlice pays 
^ ^ A Rent to ftill the furious Storm ; 
The latt to divine Holinefs 
Inftru&s me duly to conform. 
The firft does quench the fiery Law, 

Its rigid Covnani fuJly ftay ; 
The lait its Rule embroider'd -draw, 
To deck my Heart and gild my way. 
The Subject of my Righteoufntfs 

Is Chrift himfeif my glorious Head ; 
But I the Subject am of Grace, 
As he fupplies my daily Need. 
The Matter of the former too, 

Is only Chrift's Obedience dear ; 
But lo, his helping me to do, 

Is all the Work and Matter here. 

I on my Righteoufnefs rely 

For Heav'n's Acceptance free, and win ; 
Sut, in this Matter, mud deny 

My Grace, e'en as I do my Sin. 
Tho' all my Graces precious are, 

Yea, perfect alfo in Defire ; 
They cannot ftand befcre the Bar, 

Where awful Juftice is Umpire : 
But in the Robe that Chrift did fpin, 

They are of great and high Requeft, 
They have Acceptance wrapt within 

£ly elder Brother's bloody Veft. 


Part VI. 7 he Believer's Principles. 243 

My Righteoufnefs proclaims me great, 

And fair e'en in the Sight of God ; 
But Sanctity's my main Off-fet, 

Before the gazing World abroad. 

More juftify'd I cannot be 

By all my moft religious Ads ; 
But thefe increafe my Sanctity, 

That's ftill attended with Defers. 

My Righteoufnefs the fafeft Ark 

'Midft every Threat'ning Flood will be} 

My Graces but a leaking Bark, 
Upon a ftormy raging Sea. 

, 33- 
I fee in juftifying Grace 

God's Love to me does ardent burn ; 

But by imparted Holinefs 

I grateful Love for Love return. 

My Righteoufnefs is that which draws 

My thankful Heart to this Refpeft; 
The former then is firft the Caufe y 

The latter is the fvveet EffiR. 


Chrift is in juftifying me, 

By Name, the Lord my Righteoufnefs ': 
But as he comes to fan&ify, 

The Lord my Strength and Help he is. 
In that I have the Patient's Place, 

For there Jehovah's A£t is all i 
But in the other I'm thro' Grace 

An Agent working at his Call. 

M 2 Tta 

'^44 Gospex Sonnets* 

Thcp>jl does Jlavijh Fear forbid, 

For there his Wrath revenging ends; 

The lajl commands my filial Dread, 
For here paternal Ire attends. 


The former does annul my Woe, 
By God's judicial Sentence paft; 

The latter makes my Graces grow, 
Faith, Love, Hqpentance, and the reft. 

The firft does divine Pard'ning Love 

Molt freely manifeft to me ; 
The laft makes fhining Graces prove 

Mine Jnt'reft in the Pardon free. 
My Soul in Juftifying Grace, 

Does full and free Acceptance gain ; 
In Sanclity I Heavenward prefs, 

By fweet Ajfifiance I obtain. 

The firft declares I'm free of Debt, 

And nothing left for me to pay ; 
The laft makes me a Debtor yet, 

But helps to pay it every Day. 

My Righteoufnefs with Wounds and Blood 
Difcharg'd both Law and Juftice' fcore, 

Hence with the Debt cf Gratitude, 
I'll charge my felf for evermore, 


Part VI. The Believer s Principles. 24-5 

S E C T. II, 

The Harmony between Juftification tfwiSan&ifkatbn* 


HE who me decks with Righteoufnefs* 
With Grace will alfo clothe; 
For glorious Jefus came to blefs, 
By Blood and PVater both. 
That in his Righteoufnefs I truflv 

My Sanclity will lhew ; 
Tho' Graces cannot make me juft, 
Thsyjbew me to be fo. 

All thofe who freely juftify'd*. 

Are of the pardon'd Race 1 
Anon are alfo fandtify'd, 

And purify 'd by Grace. 

Where Juftice ftern does juftify, 

Their Holinefs is clear'd, 
Heav'n's Equity and Sandiity 

Can never be fever'd. 


Hence when my Soul with Pardon deckfc* 

Perceives no divine Ire ; 
Then Holinefs I do affedl 

With paffionate Defire. 

His jullifying Grace is fuch, 

As wafts my Soul to Heaven ; 
I cannot choofe but love him mucb 9 

Who much has me forgiven. 

Ma The 

246 Gospel Sonnets. 


The Sun of Righteoufnefs that brings 

Remiffion in his Rays ; 
The Healing in his golden Wings 

Of Light and Heat conveys* 
Wherever Jefus is a Prieft, 

There will he be a King ; 
He that aflbils from Sin's Arreft, 

Won't tolerate its Reign. 

The Title of a precious Grace 

To Faith may juftly fall, 
Becaufe its open Arms embrace 

A precious Chrift for all. 
From precious Faith a precious Strife 

Of precious Virtues flow, 
A precious Heart, a precious Life, 

And precious Duties too. 
Wherever Faith does juftify, 

It purifies the Heart ; 
The Pardon and the Purity 

Join Hands, and never part. 
The happy State of Pardon doth 

An holy Life infer : 
In Subjects capable of both 

They never funder'd were. 

Yet in Defence of Truth muft we 

DiftiniUy view the Twain ; 
That how they differ, how agree, 

We may in Truth maintain. 



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Two Natures in one Perfon dwell, 

Which no Dlvlfim know, 
In our renown'd Immanuel, 

Without Confufim too. 


Thofe that divide them grofsly err y 

Tho' yet diftinft they be : 
Thofe who Cstf/ : .forc hence infer, 

Imagine Blafphcmy. 

Thus-Righteoufnefs and Grace we muft 

Nor funder nor confound : 
Elfe holy Peace to us is loft, 

And facred Truth we wound. 

While we their proper Place maintain 

In Friendfhip fweet they dwell; 
But or to part or blend the twain, 

Are Errors hatch'd in Hell. 
To feparate what God does join, 

Is wicked and profane ; 
To mix and mutilate his Coin, 

Is damnable and vain* 

Tho' plain Distinction muft take place \ 

Yet no Divifion here, 
Nor dark Confufion, elfe the Grace 

Of both will difappear. 

Lo, Errors grofs on every Side 

Confpire to hurt and wound j, 
Jntinomi/ls do them divide, 

And Legalijli confound. 

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The Believer's Principles, 

Concerning Faith and S £ n s e. 

Where, (1) Of Faith and Senfe natural (2) Of Faith > 
and Senfe fpiriiua!. (3) The Harmony and Dif- 
tori beiivsen Faith and Senfe. (4.) The Vahur and 
Victories of Faith. (5) The Heights and D 
of Senfe. (6) Faith and Frames compared^ or Fait k 
building upon Senfe difcivered. 


Faith and Senfe naiural y compared and diftinguijhed* 


TITHEN AbranU Body, Sarah's Womb, 

VV Were ripe for nothing but the Tomb, 
Exceeding old and wholly dead, 
Unlike to bear the promis'd Seed : 

Faith faid, I fnall an Ifaac fee ; 
No, No, faid Senfe, it cannot be : 
£imd Reafon to augment the Strife 
Adds, How can Death engender Life ? 

My Heart is like a rotten Tomb, 
More dead than ever Sarah's Womb ; 
O, can the promis'd Seed of Grace 
Spring forth from fuch a barren Place ! 

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Senfe gazing but on flinty Rocks, 
My Hope and Expectation chokes ; 
But could I, skilPd in Abraham's Art 
O'erlook my dead and barren Heart ; 

And build my Hope on nothing lefs 
Than divine Pow'r and Faithfulnefs ; 
Soon would I find him raife up Sons 
To Abram^ out of Rocks and Stones. 

Faith acls as bufy Boatmen do, 
Who backward look and forward row j 
It looks intent to Things unfeen, 
Thinks Objects vifible too mean. 


Senfe thinks it Madnefs thus too fleer, 

And only trufts its Eye and Ear ; 
Into Faith's Boat dare thrufr its Oar, 
And put it further from the Shore, 

Faith dees alone the Promife eye ; 
Senfe won't believe unlefs it fee \ 
Nor can it truft the divine Guide, 
Unlefs it have both Wind and Tide, , 

Faith thinks the Promife fure and good 5 
Senfe doth depend on likelihood ; 
Faith even in Storms believe the Seers, 
Senfe calls all Men, even Prophets, Lyars, 

Faith ufes Means, but refts on none ; 
Senfe fails when outward Means are gone* 
Trufts more in Probabilities, 
Than all the divine Promifes, 

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It refts upon the rufty Beam 
Of outward things that hopeful feem* 
Let thefe its Supports fink or ceafe, 
No Promife then can yield it Peace. 


True Faith that's of a divine Brood 
Confults not bafe with Fle(h and Blood 3 
Hut carnal Senfe which ever errs, 
With carnal Reafon ftill confers. 


What ! won't my Difciples believe, 
That I am rifen from the Grave ? 
Why will they pore on Duft and Deaths 
And overlook my quick'ning Breath ? 

Why do they flight the Word I fpake ?' 
And rather lorry Counfel take, 
With Death and with a pow'Hefs Grave? 
If they their Captive can relieve ? 

Senfe does inquire, if Tombs of Clay 
Can fend, their Guefts alive away ; 
But Faith will hear Jehovah's Word, 
0f Life and Death the fov'reign Lord. 

Should I give ear to rotten Duft, 
Or to the Tombs confine my Truft*, 
No Refurre&icn can I fee, 
For Duft that flees into mine Eye. 
^^ What ! Thomas, can't thou truft fo much 
To me as to thy Sight and Touch ? 
Won't thou believe till Senfe be Guide, 
And thruft its Hand into my Side ? 



Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 251 

Where is thy Faith, if it depends ***** 
On nothing but thy Finger-Ends ? 
But blefs'd are they the Truth who feal 
By Faith, yet neither fee nor feel. 

S E C T. Ill 

Faith and Senfe fpiritual compared and diftingwftfd, 
Where alfo the Difference between the Ajfuranct* 
of Faith and the Affurance of Senje, 

TH E Certainty of Faith and Senfe 
Wide differ in Experience : 
Faith builds upon Thus faith the Lord ; 
Senfe views his Work, and not his Word. 

God's Word without \% Faith's Refort, 
His Work within doth Senfe fupport. 
By Faith we truft him without * Pawns, 
By Senfe we handle with our Hands. 

By Faith the Word of Truth's receivM, 
By Senfe we know we have believ'd. 
Faith's certain by fiducial A£b, 
Senfe by its evidential Facts* 

Faith credits the divine Report, 
Senfe to his Breathings makes refort: 
That, on his Word of Grace will hing£ 
This, on his Spirit witneffng. 

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By Faith I take the Lord for mine, 
By Senfe I feci his Love divine : 
By that, I touch his Garment's Hem, 
By this find Virtue thence to ftream. 

By Faith I have mine all on Band, 
By Senfe I have feme Stock in Hand* 
By that fome Vifion is begun, 
By this I fome fruition win. 


My Faith can fend e'en in Exi!e, 
Senfe cannot live without a Smile. 
>iy Faith I to his Promife fly, 
By Senfe I in his Bofom lie. 
Faith builds upon the Truth of God, 
That lies within the Promife broad; 
But Senfe upon the Truth of Grace 
His Hand within my Heart did place. 

Thus CbrijFs the Object Faith will eye, 
And Faitn's the Object Senfe may fee : 
Faith keeps the Truth of God in view, 
'While Senfe the Truth of Faith may (hew* 


Hence Faith's Aflurance firm can (land. 
When SeniVs in the Deep may ftrand 
And Fa: til's Perfuafion full prevail, 
When comfortable Senfe may fail. 

1 1. 
I. am affur'd when Faith's in Acl, 
Tho' Senfe and Feeling both I lack : 
And thus myiierious is my Lor, 
Vn} oft affiled when I am not j 


Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 253 

Oft pierc'd with racking Doubts and Fears, 
Yet Faith thefe Brambles never bears ; 
But Unbelief that cuts my Breath, 
And flops the Language of my Faith... 


Clamours of unbelieving Fears, 
So frequently difturb mine Ears ; 
1 cannot hear what Faith would fay, 
*Fill once the noify Clamour flay. 

And then will frefh Experience find, 
When Faith gets leave to fpeak its Mind 3 
The native Language thereof is, 
My Lord is mine, and I am his. 

Sad Doubt ings compafs me about, 
Yet Faith itfelf could never doubt ; 
For as the facred Volume faith, 
Much Doubting argues little Faith. 

1 6. 
The Doubts and Fears that work my Grief^ 
Flow not from Fait^, but Unbelief ; 
For Faith, whene'er it adieth, cures 
The Plague of Doubts, and me affures. 

But when mine Eye of Faith's afleep, 
I dream of drowning in the Deep j 
But as befals the fleeping Eye, 
Tho' Sight remain, it cannot fee ; 

The feeing Faculty abides, 
Tho' Sleep from adtive Seeing hides : 
So Faith's afluring Pow'rs endure 
E'en when it ceafes to aflure, 


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There's flill Perfuafion in my Faith, 
E'en when I'm filPd with Fear of Wrath : 
The trufting Habit ftill remains, 
Tho' Slumbers hold the Ad in Chains. 

Th' afluring Faculty it keeps, 
E'en when its Eye in Darknefs fleeps, 
Wrap'd up in Doubts; hut when it wakes, 
It roufes up afluring Adb. 


The Harmony and Difcord between Faith and Senfe, 
How they help and how they mar each other* . 


FT*\ HO' gallant Faith can keep the Field, 
JL When cowr'dly Senfe will flee or yield 5 
Yet while I view their ufual Path, 
Senfe often ftands and falls with Faith* 

Faith ufhers in fweet Peace and Joy, 
Which further heartens Faith's Employ; 
Faith like the Head, and Senfe the Heart* 
Do mutual Vigour fre(h impart. 


When lively Faith and Feeling fweet, 
Like deareft Darlings kindly meet ; 
They flraight each other help and hug, 
In loving Friendfhip clofe and fnug. 

Faith gives to Senfe both Life and Breath, 
And Senfe gives Joy and Strength to -Faith > 
45 Onow, fays Faith, how fond do I 
u la Senfe's glowing Bofom lie !" 


Part. VI. The Believer's Principles. 255 

Their mutual Kindnefs then is fuch, 
That oft they doating too too much 5 
Embrace each other out of Breath ; 
As JEfop hugg'd his Child to Death. 

Faith leaping into Senfe's Arms, 
Allur'd with her betwitching Charms, 
In hugging thefe, lets raflily flip 
The proper Object of its Grip, " 

Which being loft, behold the Thrall ! 
Anon Faith lofes Senfe and all ; 
Thus unawares cuts Senfe's Breath, 
While Senfe trips up the Heels of Faith. 

Her Charms alTuming Jefus' Place, 
While Faith's lull'd in her foft Embrace ; 
Lo, foon in dying Pleafures wrapt,. 
Jts living Joy away is fnapt. 


The Valour and Victories of Faith* 


BY Faith I unfeen Being fee. 
Forth lower Beings call ; 
And fay to nothing* Let it be> 
And nothing hatches all. 
By Faith I know the Worlds were made 

By God's great Word of Might ; 
How foon let there be Light he faid, 
That Moment there was Li^ht, 


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By Faith I foar and force my Flight 
Thro' all the Clouds of Senfe i 

I fee the Glorious out of Sight, 
With brighteft Evidence. 

By Faith I mount the azure Sky, 

And from the lofty Sphere 
The Earth a little Mote efpy, 

Unworthy of my Care. 

By Faith I fee the unfeen Things, 

Hid from all mortal Eyes, 
Proud Reafon ftretching all its Wings, 

Beneath me fluttering lies. 
By Faith I build my lafting Hope 

On Righteoufnefs dLvine ; 
Nor can I fink with fuch a Prop, 

Whatever Storms combine. 


By Faith my Works, my Righteoufnefs, 

And Duties, all I own 
But Lofs and Dung, and lay my Strefs 

On what my Lord has done, 
By Faith I overcome the World, 

And all its hurtful Charms ; 
I'm in the heav'nly Chariot hurl'd 

Through all oppofing Harms. 

By Faith I have a conqu'ring Power 

To tread upon my Foes, 
To triumph in a dying Hour, 

And baniih all my Woes. 


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By Faith in midft of Wrongs Pm right. 

In fad Decays I thrive ; 
In Weaknefs I am ftrong in Might, 

In Death I am alive. 

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By Faith I ftand when deep I fall, 

In Darknefs I have Light ; 
Nor dare I doubt and queftiGn all,. 

When all is out of Sight. 
By Faith I trufl a Pardon free, 

Which puzzles Flefh and Blood : 
To think that God can jfiftify, 

Where yet he fees no Good. 

By Faith I keep my Lord*s Commands,. 
To verify my Truft ; 

I purify lily ificait aim tiauds^ 

And mortify my Luft. 

By Faith my melting Soul repents, 

When pierced CbrlJ} appears : 
My Heart in grateful Praifes vents,. 

Mine Eyes in joyful Tears. 


By Faith I can the Mountains vaft. 

Of Sin and Guilt remove ; 
And them into the Ocean caft, 

The Sea of Blood and Love. 
By Faith I fee Jehovah high 

Upon a Throne of Grace ; 
I fee him lay his Vengeance by , 

Aad fmile in Jefus* Face. 


258 Gospel Sonnets. 

By Fzith I hope to fee the Sun, 

The Light of Grace that lent 5 
His everlafting Circles run 

In Glory's Firmament. 

By Faith Fm more than Conqueror, 

Ev'n tho' I nothing can ; 
Becaufe I fet Jehovah's Power 

Before me in the Van. 

By Faith I counterplot my Foes, 

Nor need their Ambufh fear; 
Becaufe my Life-guard alfo goes 

Behind me in the Rear. 

By Faith I walk, I run, I fly, 

By Faith I fuffer Thrall 5 
By Faith Fm fit to live and die. 

By Faith I can do all. 


The Heights and Depths of Senfe. 


WHEN Heav'n me grants at certain Times 
Amidft a powerful Gale, 
Sweet Liberty to moan my Crimes, 
And Wand'rings to bewail j 
Then do I dream my finful Brood, 

Drown'd in the Ocean-Main 
Of cryflal Tears and crimfon Blood, 
Will never live again. 

I get 

Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 259 

I get my Foes beneath my Feet, 

I bruife the Serpent's Head ; 
I hope the Victory is complete, 

And all my Lufts are dead. 

How gladly do I think and fay, 

When thus it is with me ; 
Sin to my Senfc is clean away, 

And fo fhall ever be. 

5- , 

But ah, alas ! th* enfuing Hour 

My Luft arife and fwell, 
They rage and re-inforce their PowV 

With new Recruits from Hell. 
Tho* I refolv'd and fwore thro* Grace 

In very folemn Terms, 
I never fliould my Lufts embrace, 

Nor yield unto their Charms j 

Yet fuch deceitful Fiends they are, 

While I no Danger dream ; 
I'm fnar'd before I am aware, 

And hurry M down the Stream. 
Into the Gulph of Sin anon, 

I'm plunged Head and Ears ; 
Grace to my Senfe is wholly gone, 

And I am chain'd in Fears. 

'Till ftraight my Lord with fweet Surprize 

Returns to loofe my Bands, 
With kind Cornpaffion in his Eyes, 

And Pardon in his Hands. 


260 Gospel Sonnets, 

Yet thus my Life is nothing elfe, 

But Heav'n and Hel bv Turns y 
My Soul that now in Gojhcn dwells,. 

Anon in Egypt mourns. 


Faith and Frames compared-, or Faith building upon 
Senfe difcovered. 


FAITH has for its Foundation broad, 
A ftable Rock on which I (land, 
The Truth and Faithfulnefs of God : 
All other Grounds are finking Sand. 


My Frames and Feelings ebb and flow -s. 

And when my Faith depends on them* 
It fleets and daggers to and fro, 

And dies amidft the dying Frame. 

That Faith is furely moft unftay'd, 

It's ftaggering can't be counted ftrange^ 
That builds it's Hope of lafting Aid 

On Things that ev'ry Moment change. 

But could my Faith lay all its Load, 

On Jefus 9 everlafting Name, 
Upon the Righteoufnefs of God, 

And divine Truth that's flill the fame : 

Could I believe what God has fpoke, 

Rely on his unchanging Love ; 
And ceafe to grafp at fleeting Smoke, 
No Changes would my Mountain move. 


Part VL The Believer's Principles. 261 


But when how foon the Frame's away, 

And comfortable Feelings fail ; 
So foon my Faith falls in Decay, 

And unbelieving Doubts prevail : 

This proves the Charge of latent Vice, 

And plain my Faith's Defedis may fhow j > 
J built the Houfe on thawing Ice, 

That tumbles with the melting Snow. 
When divine Smiles in fight appear, 

And I enjoy the heavenly Gale ; 
When Wind and Tide, and all is fair, 

I dream my Faith fhall never fail : 

My Heart will falfe Conclufions draw, 

That ftrong my Mountain fhall remain ; 
That in my Faith there is no Flaw, 
I'll never, never doubt again. 
I think the only Reft I take, 

In God's unfading Word and Name ; 
And fancy not my Faith fo weak, 
As e'er to truft a fading Frame. 
1 1. 
But ah ! by fudden Turns I fee 

My lying Heart's fallacious Guilt, 
And that my Faith not firm in me, 
On finking Sand was partly built; 
For lo ! when warming Beams are gone, 
And Shadows fall ; alas 'tis odd 
m I cannot wait the rifing Sun, 
I cannot truft a hiding God. 


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So much my Faith's Affiance feems 

On fading Joys to reft and hing ; 
That when I lofe the dying Streams, 

I cannot truft the living Spring. 
When Drops of Comfort quickly dry'd, 

And fenfible Enjoyments fail ; 
When chearing Apples are deny'd, 

Then Doubts inftead of Faith prevail. 

But why, tho' Fruit be fnatch'd from me, 

Should I diftrufr the glorious Root j 
And (till affront the ftanding Tree, 

By trufting more to falling Fruit? 
The fmalleft Trials may evince 

My Faith unfit to ftand the Shock, 
That more depends on fleeting Senfe, 

Than on the fix'd eternal Rock. 

The fafeft Ark when Floods arife, 

Is ftable Truth that changes not ; 
How weak's my Faith that more relies 

On feeble Senfe's floating Boat ? 


For when the fleeting Frame is gone, 

I ftraight my State in queftion call ; 
I droop and fink in Deeps anon, 

As if my Frame were all in all. 
But tho' I mifs the pleafing Gale, 

And Heav'n withdraw the charming Glance ; 
Unlefs Jehovah's Oath can fail, 

My Faith may keep its Countenance. 


Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 263 

The Frame of Nature (hall decay, 

Time-Changes break her rufty Chains, 
Yea Heav'n and Earth fhall pafs away, 

But Faith's Foundation firm remains. 
Heav'n's Promifes fo fix'dly fland, 

Engrav'd with an immortal Pen, 
In great Immanuel's mighty Hand, 

All Hell's Attempts to raze are vain. 
Did Faith with none but Truth advife, 

My fteady Soul would move no more 
Than ftable Hills when Tempefts rife, 

Or folid Rocks when Billows roar. 

But- when my Faith the Counfel hears 

Of prefent Senfe and Reafon blind, 
My wav'ring Spirit then appears 

A Feather tofs'd with every Wind. 

Lame Legs of Faith unequal crook, 

Thus mine, alas ! unev'nly ftand : 
Elfe I would truft my ftable Rock, 

Not fading Frames and feeble Sand : 
I would, when dying Comforts fly, 

As much as when they prefent were, 
Upon my living Joy rely ; 

Help, Lord, for here I daily err. — 


*Tbe Believer's Principles, 

Concerning Heaven and Earth. 

The Work and Contention of Hidvem 


IN heav'nly Choirs a Queftion rofe, 
That ftirr'd up Strife will never clofe, 
What Rank of all the ranfom'd Race 
Owes higheft Praife to fov'reign Grace ? 


Babes thither caught from Womb and Breair, 
Claim'd Right to fing above the reft ; 
Becaufe they found the happy Shore, 
They never faw nor fought before. 

Thofe that arriv'd at riper Age, 
Before they left the dusky Stage, 
Thought Grace deferv'd yet higher Praife, 
That wafh'd the Blots of num'rous Days. 

Anon, the War more clofe began, 

What praifing Harp (hould lead the Van ? 
And which of Grace's heav*nly Peers 
Was deepeft run in her Arrears ? 

« 'Tis 

Part VL The Believer's Principles. 265 

u 'Tis I (faid one) 'bove all my Race, 
<c Am Debtor chief to glorious Grace. 
c< Nay, (faid another) hark I trow, 
" I'm more oblig'd to Grace than you, 

" Stay, (faid a third) I deepeft (hare 
u In owing Praife beyond compare ; 
" The chief of Sinners you'll allow, 
* c Muft be the chief of Singers now. 

" Hold, (faid a fourth) I here proteft 

€( My Praifes muft outvie thebeft; 
<c For Pm of all the human Race 
" The higheft Miracle of Grace. 

* c Stop, (faid a fifth) thefe Notes forbear, 
" Lo, I'm the greateft Wonder here $ 
u For I of all the Race that fell 
" Deferv'd the loweft Place in HelL 

A Soul that higher yet afpir'd 

With equal Love to Jefus fir'd, 

" 'Tis mine to fing the higheft Notes 

u To Love, that wafh'd the fouleft Blots* 

<& Ho, (cry'd a Mate) 'tis mine I'll prove*, 
<€ Who finn'd in fpite of Light and Love, 
w To found his Praife with loudeft Bell, 
xc Thatfav'd me from the loweft HelL 

<c Come, come, (faid one) I'll hold the Plea* 
xi That higheft Praife is due by me $ 
*' For mine of ail the fav'd by Grace, 
<« Was the moft dreadful, defperate Cafe. 


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Another rifing at his Side, 

As fond to praife, and free of Pride, 

Cry'd, " Pray give Place, for I defy 

f < That you fliould owe more Praife than I ; -/• 

" I'll yield to none in this Debate, 
" I'm run fo deep in Grace's Debt ; 
<c That fure I am, I boldly can 
" Compare with all the heavenly Clan. 

Quick, o'er their Heads a Trump awoke, 
46 Your Songs my very Heart have fpoke ; 
cc But every Note you herepropale, 
<c Belongs to me beyond you all. 

Thelift'ning Millions round about, 
With fweet Refentment loudly fhout ; 
M What Voice is this comparing Notes, 
" That to their Song chief Place allots ? 

" We can't allow of fuch a Sound, 
<c That you alone have higheft Ground 
€t To fing the Royalties of Grace, 
" We chiim the fame adoring Place*" 

What ! will no Rival-Singer yield* 
He has a Match upon the Field ? 
Come then, and let us all agree 
To praife upon the higheft Key* 

Then jointly all the Harpers round 
In Mind unite, with folemn Sound 
And Strokes upon the higheft String* 
Made all the heavenly Arches ring » 


Part VI. The Believer's Principles. 267 

Ring loud, with Hallelujahs high, V"" 
To him that fent his Son to die; 
And to the worthy Lamb of God 
That lov y d and wafh'd them in his Blood. 

Free Grace was fov'reign Emprefs crown'd 
In Pomp, with joyful Shouts around : 
Aflifting Angels clapt their Wings, 
And founded Grace on all their Strings, 

The Emulation round the Throne 
Made proftrate Hofts (who every one 
The humbleft Place their Right avow) 
Strive whojkould give the loweji Bow. 

The next Contention without Vice 
Among the Birds of Paradife, 
Made every glorious warbling Throat 
Strive who Jhould raife the higheji Note. 

Thus in fweet, holy, humble Strife* 
Along their endlefs, joyful Life, 
Of Jefus all the Harpers rove, 
And fing the Wonders of his Love. 

Their Difcord makes them all unite 
In Raptures moft divinely fweet ; 
So great the Song, fo grave the Bafe> 
Melodious Mufick fills the Place. 

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Earth defpicable, Heaven de fir able. 


T Here's nothing round the fpacious Earth 
To fuit my vaft Defires, 
To more refin'd and folid Mirth 
My boundlefs Thought afpires. 


Fain would I leave this mournful Place, 

This Mufick dull, where none 
But heavy Notes have any Grace, 

And Mirth accents the Moan. 


Where Troubles tread upon Reliefs, 

New Woes with older blend; 
Where rolling Storms and circling Griefs, 

Run round without an End. 

Where Waters wreftling with the Stones 

Do fight themfelves to Foam, 
And hollow Clouds with thund'ring Groans 

Difcharge their pregnant Womb, 

Where Eagles mounting meet with Rubs 

That dafh them from the Sky : 
And Cedars fhrinking into Shrubs, 
In Ruin proftrate lie. 

ior of Turmoils, 
and tielh 

lings foils, 


Part VI. The Believer's Principe 


The Purchafer of Night and Woe, 

The Forfeiter of Day, 
The Debt that every Man did owe, 

But only God could pay. 

Bewitching 111, indors'd with Hope, 

Subfcribed with Defpair : 
Ugly in Death when Eyes are-ope*-. 

Tho' Life may paint it fair. 

Small Wonder that I droop alone 

In fuch a doleful Place ; 
When lo, my deareft Friend is gone, , 

My Father hides his Face. 
And tho' in Words I feem to fhow, 

The fawning Poets Stile, 
Yet is my Plaint no feigned Woe 3 , 

I languifh in Exile. 

I la 

I long to fhare the Happinefs 

Of that triumphant Throng, . 
That fwim in Seas of boundlefs Blife 

Eternity along. 

When but in Drops here by the Way. 

Free Love diftills it felf, 
I pour Contempt on Hills of Prey, 

And Heaps of worldly Pelf. 


To me amidft my little J 

Thrones, Sceptres, Cr 
Are nothing elfe but 

And despicable ThJ 

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'own with Difdain Earth's Pomp I thrufl> 
Bid tempting Wealth away ; 
Heaven is not made of yellow Dujl^ 
Nor Blifs of glittering Clay. 

Sweet was the Hour I Freedom felt 

To call my Jefus mine, 
To fee his fmiling Face, and melt 
In Pleafures all divine, ; 
Let Fools an Heaven of Shades purfue^ 

But 1 for Subftance am ; 
The Heaven I feek is Likenefs too 9 
And Vifton oj the Lamb. 

The worthy Lamb with Glory crown'd. 

In his auguft Abode ; 
Enthron'd fublime, and decked around 
With, all the Pomp of God. 
I long to join the Saints above, 

Who crown'd with glorious Bays, 
Thro' radiant Files of Angels move^ 
And rival them in Praife. 
In Praife to Jah> the God of Love^ 
The fair incarnate Son, 
loly co-eternal Dove, 

gaat Three-One. 


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